In the first week of June our friend Martijn Kreuger – who has been in the role of an Anagarika (postulant) at our monastery for twelve months – performed his next step within the convention of monastic life. For the first time in the history of Dhammapala a so called Pabbajja (a ‚going forth‘ ceremony) took place in the meditation hall of the monastery. Naturally this attracted quite a number of friends, who with their presence wanted to support Martijn during this important transition. This going forth represents the leaving behind of worldly ties and commitments, with the specific aim of realizing nothing less than unobstructed freedom of the heart. On the conventional level Pabbajja is the step into the noviciate as a Buddhist monk. After a year of training as a samanera (novice monk) he can then ask for complete acceptance into the Bhikkhu Sangha – the community of fully ordained Buddhist monks. Towards the end of the ceremony Martijn was given the new Pali name of Manissaro, meaning ‚free mind‘ or ‚ruler of the mind‘. Presently Samanera Manissaro doesn’t harbour the slightest doubt, that possibly next year he will readily accept an invitation to become a fully accepted member of the Bhikkhu Sangha.