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Forest monks in Cambodia

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gavesako
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Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby gavesako » Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:43 pm

Searching for Forest Monks Along the Mekong River

http://santidhammo.blogspot.com/2011/06 ... ekong.html

My secret dream is someday to follow the example of the Forest Monk, Ajahn Mun, and go wandering into the deep mountains and forests, practicing meditation in the ancient Therevada tradition known as dhutanga.

Recently I spent two months in Cambodia exploring the Angkor-period Buddhist ruins, practicing meditation along the Mekong River, and looking for wandering forest monks.

Fortunately, I didn’t find any dhutanga monks. If I did, I might have been tempted to follow them off into the jungle and never be heard from again.

Dhutanga monks are not easy to find. But I learned that they do still exist out in the jungles and forests of Laos and Cambodia. I met people who saw them and knew about them. (...)
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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby Viscid » Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:01 pm

Sounds like searching for a mysterious endangered animal.
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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby shjohnk » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:12 am

Greetings Bhante,

May I ask, how would a mountain hermit monk obtain food? Are there certain lay-people who seek them out to give Dana, or do they go on Alms round in remote villages?

Your journey sounds fascinating :)

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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby gavesako » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:03 am

It was not me, this monk probably lives (or visits) Cambodia.

Some of these hermit monks would probably collect food from small villages in the jungle, they might even be hill tribes. Others might grow and collect their own food, if they don't keep the rules strictly. Or they would choose to be white-robed ascetics instead.
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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby PeterB » Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:33 am

I dont want to poke my schnozz in Bhante, but are you considering those options ?

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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby gavesako » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:52 pm

Disappearing into the jungle does have some attractive aspects...

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Then there is also this to consider:

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So I prefer to only wander through the wilderness occasionally.
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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby PeterB » Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:22 pm

:anjali:

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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby Nicro » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:20 pm

At first I thought that snake was a log. Crazy.

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Re: Forest monks in Cambodia

Postby ezzirah » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:35 am

LOL...me too. I was thinking, "why be scared of a tree branch?"


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