Student or Learner
Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
1. The main reason people take the vows is because they wish to benefit all sentient beings without exception through the study of the Dharma and through prayer and meditation practice.
2. “So you’re going to a wedding?” he said after a moment. “Who’s taking the vows, may I ask? (A. Saxon, “The Great Midland”)
take the vows = 1)ordain as monk; tonsured as a monk 2) bind themselves remarry, contract a marriage
Thank you for your efforts.
You have understood correctly, though the words you use in your explanations are not totally natural
(take the vows = 1)ordain as monk; tonsured as a monk 2) bind themselves remarry, contract a marriage)
You can be ordained as a priest, but I am not sure that this is true when you become a monk. to be tonsured sounds very old-fashioned to me.
for the taking the vows in  I would simply say getting married.