What do you guys think of this road to enlightenment?
Superhuman challenge imho.
What an amazing video – thanks.
I’ve recently started thinking about joining a buddhist nunnery – I don’t think I could join this one though! I agree with the final statement – it is terribly sad that all the old cultures seem to be dying, and with them a huge amount of knowledge and wisdom. It is also very apparent in my country, South Africa.
If you were to join a monastery, which one would you choose and why Martin?
I am one of those guys that idealize tough situations, so I would probably choose something in the Thai forest tradition or a traditional Zen monastery in Japan.
Joining a buddhist nunnery is a big step, how come you want to do it? I have flirted with the idea myself from time to time, but personally it feels more running away from the world for me than getting closer with it.
There are some places where you can do a year or so ordination, I think that’s an option possible at Pema Chodron’s place in canada.
A dream of mine (or perhaps a fantasy of mine) is to liquidate everything I own, either give it all away or put it somewhere I can get it back later, and hit the road as an ascetic. My dream is to forsake monetary value and live as a vagrant seeking enlightenment.
I’ve always identified with the Japanese. In fact, I believe I am the reincarnation of a samurai (and before that, a tiger). Whenever I find out something new about Japan and other Eastern cultures, the more this belief is reinforced.
You should read some stories of people who have actually did that. There are many ascetic buddhist monks that choose such a life. There still are. There are also people who just decided he’r rather walk (for 22 years) than drive after he’d seen an oil spill, then decided to stop speaking for 17 years. But he did get his Ph.D in the same time. (Book is called Planetwalker, must read for every HEthen).
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