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In Theravada Buddhism, an anagarika (Pali: anāgārika/ā; lit., "homeless one") is a person who has given up most or all of his worldly possessions and responsibilities to commit full-time to Buddhist practice. It is a midway status between monk and layperson where one takes on the Eight Precepts for the entire anagarika period, which could be for Life.
Anagarikas usually wear white Clothes or robes, depending on the tradition they follow. Some traditions have special ordination ceremonies for anagarikas, while others simply take the eight precepts with a special intention.
The main difference between the 8 precepts of an Anagarika and the 10 precepts of a novice Monk is the rule of not handling money. Therefore, anagarika ordinations usually take place in forest Monasteries where the monastic rules, including the one on not handling money, are strictly followed.