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Requested and Answered by Admin on 08-Oct-2008 22:03 (2292 reads)
Once you have completed your Apprentice training, you may post the Jedi Oath as one of your Knighthood Rites of Passage in your training Journal. The Jedi Oath is:

"As I prepare to enter Knighthood, I hereby vow before my fellow Jedi that I, (Your name here) born on (Your birth date here), without reservation, choose to follow the Jedi path with all of its duties and responsibilities. I vow that I shall do that which is right and do hereby profess my allegiance to the Force and its will. I vow to uphold my Jedi teachings, and to henceforth devote myself to the life of a Jedi Knight."


Requested and Answered by Nassik_Dabak on 25-Nov-2007 02:06 (4656 reads)
Yes, there is a program for this exact purpose! It is called the Knight's Marshall program, and is required by all newcomers, or Initiates to follow. For this purpose, there is a Jedi Training Syllabus which all Jedi Training at the Temple of the Jedi Force follows:

I have worked faithfully on the following re-draft to incorporate the guidelines Master Grayson and a couple of others have discussed with me, and have also included the change to the Oath, the change to the Apprentice selection process, the corrections of wording and grammar, and the addition of the optional Ceremonial Hilt rite of passage my old Syllabus proposal included.

~Jedi Training Syllabus~

That which follows is an outline or guide for the induction and training of all Jedi within the Temple of the Jedi Force. This Syllabus simply names the minimum topics and assignments that all Jedi must meet in Force to progress within the ranks of the Temple.

This syllabus a minimum guide for those invested and involved in the training of the Temple's membership. Any teacher is free to add to these topics and assignments as they see fit. Added writings, quizzes, discussions, etc. are excellent contributions to the training of Apprentices. Any additional lesson material will be left to the sole discretion of the instructing Jedi Knights and Masters, provided that these minimum requirements are met and completed. These requirements are to be met by any potential Jedi whose training originates from the Temple of the Jedi Force, whether the actual training takes place offline in person or online.

Initiate (Registered User):

A Jedi Initiate, as a newcomer to the Temple, is charged with the responsibility of familiarizing themselves with the Temple of the Jedi Force and to introduce themselves to the rest of the Temple. To this end, a Jedi Initiate must start a journal in which they introduce themselves, tell the membership what drew them to this path, and explain why they wish to become a Jedi. The Knight's Marshallate is responsible for ensuring that Jedi Initiates start their journal, read over our Doctrines, and that all Initiates familiarize themselves with the basic precepts and foundations upon which the Temple of the Jedi Force is based. All Jedi Initiates must at minimum record in their journal discussion of the following:

The Jedi Code
The Jedi Creed
The Three Tenets
The Sixteen Teachings of the Jedi
The Vows of the Jedi

The Knight's Marshallate also carries the duty of seeing the Initiate through the Program by asking questions, making comments and adding encouragement to the Initiate’s posts in his or her Journal until a Knight or Master wishes to take them on as an Apprentice, and are responsible for ensuring that Initiates are considered for Apprenticeship. After an Initiate completes these basics in thier journal, and with the approval of the Knight’s Marshallate, the Jedi Initiate becomes eligible for apprenticeship. The Knight's Marshallate may then recommend the Initiate be considered for Apprenticeship, or the Initiate may be chosen by either a Knight or a Master to become an Apprentice. The selection process for Apprentices works in one of two ways... the Knight or Master approaches their potential Apprentice, or an Initiate may ask a Knight or Master to train them if they feel led to do so. However, if a Knight or Master brings the newcomer in specifically, the Knight or Master has the option of taking the newcomer on immediately as an Apprentice. A Knight or Master may have multiple Apprentices so long as the number of Apprentices to Knight or Master does not exceed a ratio of two Apprentices to one Knight or Master. Furthermore, a Jedi Initiate may reject a Knight or Master that approaches them as a teacher. The Jedi Initiate will remain eligible to become an Apprentice indefinitely until they are approached by a Knight or Master who they feel led to work with, or until they feel led to approach a Knight or Master and request their training as an Apprentice. If no Knight or Master is paired with the Initiate within a reasonable period of time after the Knight's Marshallate feels the Initiate is ready to continue training, the Knight's Marshallate may continue teaching the Initiate until such a time as a Knight or Master may be found to assume the responsibility of training the new Apprentice. Regardless of which methodology of training is used, the full Knight's Marshall Program or the direct Mentor/Student training, all parts of the Doctrine Material from above must be completed by the student.

Apprentice:

An Apprentice’s primary responsibility is to familiarize themselves with the membership of the Temple, to learn of the Force through the wisdom and teachings of their master, and to gain an understanding of what it means to be a Jedi. All Apprentices are required to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the following, which are introduced in Initiate training, but may be repeated and studied more in-depth under the guidance of their Mentor:

The Jedi Code
The Jedi Creed
The Three Tenets
The Sixteen Teachings of the Jedi
The Vows of the Jedi

Cover the Joseph Campbell material found in the Study Downloads module and and other materials therein contained that the Knight or Master wishes to assign their Apprentice(s), and read "I, Jedi" by Michael Stackpole. *This is optional and left to the discretion of the Master.

In order for an Apprentice to be promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight they must have completed the required lesson plan, and demonstrate their understanding of these lessons and any further lessons their teacher has assigned in their journal. They must also have the recommendation of their teacher, as well as the majority vote of the Promotions Committee in favor of their promotion. Potential Jedi Knights must be at least eighteen years of age, although seventeen years of age is possible for consideration in the most exemplary and extraordinary of Apprentices. An Apprentice must retain this rank for a minimum of nine months before becoming eligible for advancement to the rank of Jedi Knight. Apprentices are also required to take the Jedi Oath and face the Jedi Trials before being Knighted:

Knighthood Rites of Passage:

The Jedi Oath(To be posted in the Apprentice's Journal):
"As I prepare to enter Knighthood, I hereby vow before my fellow Jedi that I, (Your name here) born on (Your birth date here), without reservation, choose to follow the Jedi path with all of its duties and responsibilities. I vow that I shall do that which is right and do hereby profess my allegiance to the Force and its will. I vow to uphold my Jedi teachings, and to henceforth devote myself to the life of a Jedi Knight."

The Jedi Trials (The Apprentice is to write an essay on how he or she has faced these trials):
The Trial of Skill
The Trial of the Flesh
The Trial of Courage
The Trial of the Spirit

The Jedi Trials are to be assigned by the Knight, Master, or Promotions Committee to the Apprentice in question at the time that the Apprentice has complete all other prerequisites and the teacher feels is appropriate. The completed essays must be read and approved by the training Knight, Master, and/or the Promotions Committee. Following the reading of the Apprentice's essays, the Promotions Committee may vote for or against the Knight’s promotion to the rank of Jedi Knight.

The Ceremonial Lightsaber Hilt
*This is optional and left to the discretion of the Knight or Master.

An important part of Jedi Tradition and Ceremony, the Ceremonial Lightsaber hilt is often misunderstood by non-Jedi. The Ceremonial Hilt should be unique to the Jedi who built, owns, or carries it, not an exact replica of a movie Lightsaber. A major difference between a replica Hilt and a Ceremonial Hilt is the crystal, gem, or multiple stones contained within the hilt's inner chamber. Used properly, gemstones and crystals enhance a Jedi's personal connection to the Force, as well as contributing their own properties to the Jedi who carries them... in this case, within their Ceremonial Hilt. The end result of a Ceremonial Lightsaber Hilt is a tool as well as an icon of one's Jedi path. By designing, planning, and choosing their own crystals to be contained within the Hilt, it is not only unique to that individual Jedi, but deeply connected to them as well. A Ceremonial Hilt can also be used as a focal point for Meditation... as well as a reminder of a Jedi's vows and commitment to the Order.

Jedi Knight:

A Jedi Knight’s primary responsibility is the education and training of Jedi Apprentices. A Knight may volunteer to aid in the education of Initiates as well if the volunteered assistance is accepted by the office of the Knight’s Marshall. In such a case the energies and efforts of the Knight in question are to be directed by the office of the Knight’s Marshall and the Knight must adhere to and obey the assignments of that office.

A Jedi Knight may be considered for promotion to Master after successfully training an Apprentice to the rank of Knight, or through a significant contribution to the Temple of the Jedi Force in some capacity (such as lore, special program(s), a body of written doctrine or other written works, serving on the Knight's Marshallate or Promotions Committee, etc). If there is a significant contribution made to the Temple of the Jedi Force (this excludes any and all financial contributions) the Knight in question can be nominated by the Promotions Committee to be considered for the rank of a Jedi Master. In either case, full promotion to the rank of Jedi Master is contingent upon the majority vote of the Promotions Committee, and upon completion of the Master's Trials. A Knight must retain this rank for a minimum of nine months before becoming eligible for advancement to the rank of Jedi Master.

The Master's Trials (The Knight is to write an essay on how he or she has faced these trials since becoming a Knight):
The Trial of Skill
The Trial of the Flesh
The Trial of Courage
The Trial of the Spirit

The key difference between the Knight's and Master's Trials is the growth of the Jedi themselves during their Knighthood. The Master's Trials are to be assigned by the Master or Promotions Committee to the Knight in question at the time that the teacher and/or the Promotions Committee feels is appropriate. The completed essays must be read and approved by the training Master and/or the Promotions Committee. Following the reading of the Knight’s essays, the Promotions Committee may vote for or against the Knight’s promotion to the rank of Jedi Master.

Jedi Master:

A Jedi Master’s primary responsibility is to continue in all of the duties of a Jedi Knight. The education of Apprentices and Initiates is still of great concern to a Jedi Master and a Master is still capable of taking on Apprentices of their own. In addition to these existing responsibilities every Jedi Master may be called upon to assume moderation control of the Temple of the Jedi Force’s message board forums, and serve on the various committees which have come to replace the Jedi Council This additional responsibility helps to ensure that the Temple’s message boards have moderation at nearly all times and that each Jedi Master takes responsibility for the content and conduct of the Temple of the Jedi Force’s message boards, where all members congregate (from the newest Initiate to the longest-standing Jedi Master), and to further serve our Temple by facilitating progress, unity, and order.


Requested and Answered by Nassik_Dabak on 19-Nov-2007 00:46 (3817 reads)
Members of the Temple of the Jedi Force that come here from other Jedi sites and/or that have come here previously from other Jedi sites and/or groups will be accepted here as honorary members who sustain the rank(s) that were brought over from their previous Jedi place of origin, provided that those ranks exist here already. Examples of your honorary status are seen in the ranks of Honorary Apprentice, Honorary Knight, and Honorary Master.

As a mark of respect and trust, everyone that comes to the Temple of the Jedi Force from another Jedi site/group or that has done so previously will be granted the Honorary rank immediately and without delay. With the provision, though, that a committee of Knights from the Temple of the Jedi Force will be charged with verifying the claim of rank that the forthcoming Jedi has claimed. The Knight committee will have no more than thirty (30) days to verify this claim and report ts findings to the Jedi Council. If it is found that the claim of the forthcoming Jedi is false that Jedi will be demoted to the rank of Registered User immediately. Furthermore, A Jedi coming from or that has come from another Jedi site/group can not be or have come from a site of their own creation with a rank which they have given themselves. These individuals must come here as all newcomers do, as a Registered User.

Because Honorary Jedi have not passed through the training and trials of the Temple of the Jedi Force their access to our forums and materials is limited... all Honorary Apprentices are limited to forums accessible only to Registered Users, all Honorary Knights are limited to forums accessible only to Apprentices, and Honorary Masters are limited to forums accessible only to Knights. Furthermore, Honorary Jedi are restricted from the full rights and privileges that Jedi from the Temple of the Jedi Force enjoy. The denied rights and privileges include: the training of Apprentices, access to the forums of full Temple of the Jedi Force rank, and the assumption of a seat on the Jedi Council.

Honorary Jedi may attain full rank status within the Temple of the Jedi Force by submitting to, undertaking, and completing the training of the Temple of the Jedi Force. At the completion of this formal training the rank of the Honorary Jedi will be changed to Apprentice, Knight, or Master as is appropriate.

Any exceptions or special circumstances in any of these regards will be left to the sole discretion of the Jedi Council for review, discussion, and decision.


Requested by ChelseaAmery666 and Answered by Nassik_Dabak on 19-Nov-2007 02:05 (7669 reads)
That which follows is an outline or guide for the induction and training of all Jedi within the Temple of the Jedi Force. This proposal simply names the minimum topics and assignments that all Jedi must meet in Force to progress within the ranks of the Temple. The driving purpose behind this document, like the very creation of the Jedi Initiates Program office, is to provide uniformity and commonality for the Temple of the Jedi Force's membership.

This syllabus is merely a guide for those invested and involved in the training of the Temple's membership. Any teacher is free to add to these topics and assignments as they see fit. Added writings, quizzes, discussions, etc. are excellent contributions to the training of Initiates (Younglings) and Apprentices. However, any modification would be left to the sole discretion of the instructing Jedi, just as any teacher in a public school can teach whatever it is that they feel is appropriate so long as they meet state-mandated requirements. Provided, of course, that these minimum requirements are met and completed.

Jedi Inititiate (Youngling):

A Jedi Youngling, as a newcomer to the Temple, is charged with the responsibility of familiarizing them self with the basic precepts and foundations upon which the Temple of the Jedi Force is based. To this end a Jedi Youngling must keep a journal which is not limited to but must, at minimum, include discussion of the following:

The Jedi Code

16 Teachings of the Jedi

3 Tenets

Focus

Wisdom

Knowledge

The Vows of the Jedi

The Jedi Creed

* After completion of the journal, and with the approval of the Jedi Initiates Committee, the Jedi Youngling becomes eligible for apprenticeship and the Youngling may then be chosen by either a Knight or a Master to become an Apprentice. The selection process works in only one way... the Knight or Master approaches their Apprentice, not the other way around. A Knight or Master may have multiple Apprentices so long as the number of Apprentices to Knight or Master does not exceed a ratio of three (3) to one (1). Furthermore, a Jedi Youngling may reject a Knight or Master that approaches them as a teacher. The Jedi Youngling will remain eligible to become an Apprentice indefinitely until they are approached by a Knight or Master who they wish to work with.

Apprentice:

An Apprentice’s primary responsibility is to familiarize them self with the membership of the Temple, to learn of the Force through the wisdom and teachings of their master, to begin taking an active role in the formulation and maintenance of the Temple, and to gain an understanding of what it means to be a Jedi.

Cover the Joseph Campbell material found in the Study Downloads module and and other materials therein contained that the Knight or Master wishes to assign their Apprentice(s).

Read I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole. *This is optional and left to the discretion of the Master.

The Jedi Trials (Two-page essay on how the Apprentice has faced these trials)

The Trial of Skill

The Trial of the Flesh

The Trial of Courage

The Trial of the Spirit

* This essay is to be assigned by the Knight or Master to their Apprentice at the time that the teacher feels is appropriate. The completed essay must be read and approved by the training Knight or Master. Furthermore, after approval by the Apprentice’s master the essay must then be submitted for review by the entirety of the Jedi Council (which means that each council member must read the essay before voting on whether or not the Apprentice in question is worthy of promotion to the rank of Jedi Knight). Following the reading of the Apprentice’s essay a council member can vote for or against the Apprentice’s promotion to the rank of Jedi Knight. In order for an Apprentice to be promoted to the rank of Jedi Knight they must have the majority vote of the Jedi council in favor of their promotion and must be at least eighteen (18) years of age although seventeen (17) years of age is possible in the most exemplary and extraordinary of Apprentices.

An Apprentice must retain this rank for a minimum of nine months before becoming eligible for advancement to the rank of Jedi Knight.



Knight:

A Jedi Knight’s primary responsibility is the education and training of Jedi Apprentices. A Knight may volunteer to aid in the education of Younglings as well if the volunteered assistance is accepted by the committee of the Jedi Initiates Program. In such a case the energies and efforts of the Knight in question are to be directed by the committe of the Jedi Initiates Program must adhere to and obey the assignments of that committee.

A Jedi Knight may become a Master after successfully training an Apprentice to the rank of Knight. Though this is the most common manner, it is not always the case. The rank can also be achieved through significant contribution to the Temple of the Jedi Force in some capacity (such as lore, special program(s), a body of written doctrine or other written works, etc). If there is a significant contribution made to the Temple of the Jedi Force (this excludes any and all financial contributions) the Knight in question can be nominated by one or more council members to be voted to the rank of a Jedi Master. Full promotion to the rank of Jedi Master is contingent upon the majority vote of the Council in favor of the promotion, this includes the instance of a Knight training an Apprentice to the rank of Jedi Knight.
A Knight must retain this rank for a minimum of nine months before becoming eligible for advancement to the rank of Jedi Master.

Master:

A Jedi Master’s primary responsibility is to continue in all of the duties of a Jedi Knight. The education of Apprentices and Younglings is still of great concern to a Jedi Master and a Master is still capable of taking on Apprentices of their own. In addition to these existing responsibilities every Jedi Master may be called upon to assume moderation control of the Temple of the Jedi Force’s message board forum(s). This additional responsibility helps to ensure that the Temple’s message boards have moderation at nearly all times and that each Jedi Master takes responsibility for the content and conduct of the Temple of the Jedi Force’s message boards, where all members congregate (from the newest Youngling to the longest-standing Jedi Council member).

Council Member:

Any Jedi that has attained the rank of Jedi Master is eligible to be voted in as a member of the Jedi Council pending a unanimous vote of the standing council. The Jedi Council’s responsibility lies in the day to day administration of the Temple of the Jedi Force. This includes the practices, policies, and actions of the Temple as a whole. In order to make these decisions the Jedi Council is the only body within the membership of the Temple of the Jedi Force that has the right and privilege of voting.