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Do you realize that religious groups in China are controlled by the government? You're not going to find Shangri-La, and it's not going to be like Kung Fu Panda. I'm not saying don't go, but you need to have a clearer idea of what you are likely to find over there. Have you read the Lonely Planet guidebook on China? That will give a lot of practical information on how to travel, where to stay, etc. (but only a little on religion).
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas is a good suggestion. They have something called Dharma Realm Buddhist University. I'm afraid I have confused it with the University of the West, which is a different Chinese Buddhist university in California.
Anyway, you are getting a lot of good advice here. If you want to be a monk, you need to be willing to study and work hard. And you will need to do the same things to be able to live in China. Remember--even as a monk, you will still have to decide what to do with your life. What kind of monk do you want to be--a scholar? (Then you will have to study Buddhism.) A temple administrator? (Then you need basic business skills, like accounting.) A cook? (Then learn how to cook.) You need mentors--elder monks who can show you the way, and you can find those in the USA.
At the end of the day, words are cheap--what concrete steps are you willing to take to make your dream possible? Because you won't get to China just by wishing for it.
Alfredo wrote:I went there in the late 1980's, and have some connections there. Why, are you there? (Indrajala is.)
No, I'm in Nepal right now.
you need the money to travel to China, so save up now. I support you dawg. Don't forget to pray to Buddha for your wish to be fulfilled.
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)
Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―
Remember this? From another one of your threads on your parents?...and becouse im also a scientist buddhism is a scientific religion science is the killer of religion but not of the religion buddhism
Now, why would someone who claims he's a 'scientist buddhism' 'pray'?
Do you think that a Buddha is some god or thing to pray to?
I thought you understood Buddhism in a 'scientific' way... or do you?
Secondly, both nèijiāquán (internal arts) and wàijiāquán (external arts) require gong fu (kung fu), as does any sphere of endeavour that requires hard work to acquire skill. However, wushu is the more correct general term for martial arts.
@tigerh98, people here are trying to help smooth your way. They are not attacking you, or trying to stop you from following your dreams. A little realism is in order. You are 16 years old. China can be a difficult place for seasoned adult travellers. It is especially an unforgiving place for foreigners who make mistakes. Take the advice in the spirit it is intended. Do tons of background research. Learn the language a little - you will need it: in the temples that I have visited English is not spoken at all. Try to understand the Chinese approach to life, work and family. This is really important. Do not bring an American attitude - you will find yourself on the plane home faster than you can say Jackie Chan.
China is hard work. Ultimately it can be very rewarding. Personally I love it, but it has taken me a while to settle in. My home temple is Longhua in Shanghai - LINKY! even though it is not that close to our home.
If you do your homework you will have the adventure of your life! If not... well, it can be a crushing place.
Is Taiwan any better? Well, a lot better than China, but you'll still have plenty of hoops to jump through, and people are much the same everywhere. And Nepal...? Well, you get the idea.
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