KonchokZoepa wrote:How can you live both lives?
im 21 year old soon 22, i have no education and it would take many years to get a proper education and then off to work long days.
How do people who want to dedicate theyre life to buddhism and peaceful life go on about going into this messed up world to get a piece of paper that is worth of nothing except many hundreds of hours and years of hard work that will never pay off in terms of causes of happiness?
I am struggling with this, i feel like going on a pilgrimage, go to long meditation retreats and ngondro retreats at least for the next spring and next year. but at the same time i start to feel like i am running away from my responsibilities and i will after that come back to square one with no foundation in this world, as a total wanderer and have to start working with a foundation, again one and half years older than before. it is really important to get the practice done but on the contrary it will cause immense suffering when landing back to the normal day to day life after the one and half years of hard spiritual work.
i find it hard to live in the cities because in the past i have experienced great mental issues, such as very very intense anxiety living in the city. and this is what i have to go back to i guess if i want to go to school and get an education and a foundation in our modern society.
Is it worth it? do you feel that for some of us the life of a westerner is just not meant for us. i am basically at square one. havent started building a life in the western world. and i dont want to. but i feel like its my responsibility..
should i strive to become a monk and forget this western world for like 5-10 years and think about it again then or what ?
it seems to me that in my situation it is impossible to live two lives, i cant see the way. its like choose hell or heaven. stay as wanderer which is in a sense quite easy and enjoyable or build a house on a sea which is not very comfortable place to build a foundation for a house.
some thoughts. all thoughts from you what this brings up in your mind are greatly appreciated. any thoughts, answers, anything please comment....
KonchokZoepa wrote:before starting to read and look into the links. my level of education at the moment is the normal finnish school level that is mandatory for all citizens. that is in total 9 grades, although not directly comparable to high school system, according to wikipedia i dont have the last one or two years of high school finished. In the Finnish education system i would have to do a two year school program which maybe likened to the last two years of high school but is especially made to prepare you for university.
Do you think this two year prep school needs to be completed before being able to apply to any of those links you provided?
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KonchokZoepa wrote:If you want to attend university, but not in a city, and in Finland all the universities are in cities, could you perhaps go to university in some other country? One preferably condusive to your continued sanity.
ive thought about it but the least expensive way to go to uni is in finland.
KonchokZoepa wrote:i dont know i have one degree in mind but i feel drawn to spend at least one year to try out living in a forest monastery to see if the monks life is beneficial for spiritual growth.
pensum wrote:Q:To many laypeople in the dharma today, the purity and uncompromising nature of your views will seem like a luxury, even an indulgence.
A: Many people seem to be all but overwhelmed by their jobs and their lives. To support themselves and their families there seems to be no choice but to get up each day and go to work. There is a certain kind of circularity here. People want to engage with teachings that point out that craving and clinging are root causes of stress. Yet people don’t want to let go of patterns of being and consuming that fuel craving and clinging. We have to ask honestly whether the people you describe really want to be transformed or whether they are simply looking for ways to reduce their stress. What do they want?
From an interview with Mu Soeng http://www.tricycle.com/interview/dharma-sale
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