JKhedrup wrote:My observations after 9 years of ordination, 6 spent in the Tibetan tradition and 3 in Theravada and Chinese monasteries...
Ven. JKhedrup, I found your story very interesting, and now that I know more about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them, I have a lot of respect for you.
I think that it might be good if there were some website which presented your story along with the stories of many other western Buddhist monastics, as well as a description of the problems and challenges facing western monastics. I think that if more people knew more about the difficult situation that most western monastics are in, that they would be much more willing to help.
The posts on this forum reach some people, but a good website which contained photos of you western monastics along with your stories could have a greater impact on more people, I think. Perhaps you might even be able to get someone like Richard Gere to contribute! You never know...
I used to be one of those westerners who only had a lot of respect for Asian Buddhist teachers, but now I see how wrong I was. There are many western Buddhist teachers who do their jobs as sincerely as anyone else, and western monastics have taken this sincerity to another level.
Western monastics are very important for more firmly establishing the dharma in the west!
JKhedrup wrote:Conditions are hard but things can change when you feel you are at the end of your rope.
Yes, this is an important fact for us all to remember!