Becoming a Monk

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Becoming a Monk

Postby tracefleeman » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:33 am

Hi. I'd like to become a monk for a couple weeks. I'm really disgusted with my addictions and habits and would like to stop.

I'd really like to visit the City Of Ten Thousand Buddhas, but I don't think they will let me in, especially for free ( I don't have money).

Help please?

:namaste:

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby Seishin » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:37 am

Have you ever thought about the temple stay programs in Korea? You live "like" a monastic for a short period before going back to normal life. http://eng.templestay.com/

I would say though, being a monk or living like one for a couple of weeks probably wont get rid of your addictions. From my experience it takes years of practice.

I wish you all the best,
Gassho,
Seishin.

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby tracefleeman » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:39 am

I don't have any money :/

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby Seishin » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:53 am

Contact a temple near you and ask whether they have retreats or temple stays. Explain your financial situation and see if they can help. Or you could try joining a sangha near you and go to weekly groups.

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby Astus » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:57 am

Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Postby jundo cohen » Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:13 pm

Priest/Teacher at Treeleaf Zendo, a Soto Zen Sangha. Treeleaf Zendo was designed as an online practice place for Zen practitioners who cannot easily commute to a Zen Center due to health concerns, living in remote areas, or work, childcare and family needs, and seeks to provide Zazen sittings, retreats, discussion, interaction with a teacher, and all other activities of a Zen Buddhist Sangha, all fully online. The focus is Shikantaza "Just Sitting" Zazen as instructed by the 13th Century Japanese Master, Eihei Dogen. http://www.treeleaf.org

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby Indrajala » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:31 pm

You can volunteer at City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. I know someone who is doing that.

Try that for a few months before taking on vows (they'd probably want that, too).
tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby Bonsai Doug » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:58 pm

I too was going to suggest volunteering. You might also find types of work/study programs
where your classes and board are provided in exchange for manual labor at the monastery/temple.
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby MuMun » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:35 pm

Great suggestions above.

I encourage you strongly to do a period of retreat. Temples and centers worth their salt will work with your financial situation -- we're not in this business for the money. Don't know where you live, but I and others can help connect you with places in your region.

One thing to add, however: don't go into a retreat expecting to solve all your problems. You're a mess. So are we. That's what we work with. If you go into the retreat expecting a particular result, you're not giving yourself fully to the retreat. Just bring your messy self to the practice, and dedicate yourself to doing that retreat and see what happens. Okay? And thanks!

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Postby Indrajala » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:43 am

tad etat sarvajñānaṃ karuṇāmūlaṃ bodhicittahetukam upāyaparyavasānam iti |

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby Wesley1982 » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:20 pm

I guess if you were ordained as a monk then you would be one. The tradition may be different for Christian Monasticism than Buddhist variety.

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Re: Becoming a Monk

Postby mikelord » Mon Jul 16, 2012 3:48 am

I'm new here, but I just have to comment on how thoughtful, helpful, and loving your responses were.


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