Austrian ordained as Buddhist monk for the first time

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An Austrian national has been ordained as a Buddhist monk for the first time ever, said the Sri Lankan embassy in Vienna.

The ordination of Markus Pastollnigg as Suseela Thera of Austria took place on 06 March at Dhamma-Zentrum Nyanaponika in Austria.

Founder and chief incumbent of the temple, Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Seelawansa Thera, presided.

Members of the Maha Sanga from Italy, France and Sri Lanka conducted the ritual of ascetic traditions.