Becoming a Monk.

Niglet (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago

I’ve recently made the decision that I want to become a Buddhist monk, I was just wondering what some peoples takes on this are. Most of my friends think they have me figured out and it’s quite annoying when it comes to the subject of me wanting to become a monk. My mom supports it but she wants me to live life before I just go of somewhere and become a monk, I recently decided that’s a good idea due to the fact that having regrets will just slow the process off enlightenment. I was originally going to head out to Tibet as soon as possible but that was a little far-fetched. I’m going to a Buddhist monastery this spring to check it out in either NC or some other place my mom said we should checkout but I’m going to try to find some other ones also. Please feel free to lend me some advice, thanks in advance!

January 28, 2013 at 7:22 am
Adam Smith (113) (@adamsmith) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@americium, let him decide.

@niglet, follow God wherever He leads you. If He’s calling you to go to a monastery, then you must go to a monastery.

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Samuel (28) (@iamdrugs) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@americium, No no no, my point is, it’s his decision. If he wants to go, he needs to go. @adamsmith, I agree. It’s really up to Mr. Niglet what he wants to do, not the opinions of other people.

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americium (4) (@americium) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@adamsmith, @iamdrugs, your arguments for going are completely empty. God doesn’t exist or lead people and his desire could arise from many things and could be wrong. Making a rational decision based on facts is the only intelligent decision you can hope to make.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@niglet, I had the same idea a year ago or so. I realized, however, that I can achieve enlightenment right here, right now, without even meditating. I realized that attaching to myself to any one religions limits myself and being stuck in one particular area for a large amount of time would cause me to go crazy. My soul wants to travel and so I will. However, I plan on visiting a monastery for a month or possibly more just to get the experience. I recommend trying this first to see if it is really right for you.

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winslow (85) (@winslow) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@niglet You cant go into Tibet without a guide. It is part of china now and not quite as free. Or so Ive heard.. Go to nepal, or your backyard.

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americium (4) (@americium) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

I was just offering the idea that you will not discover any insight into the nature of the universe. However, you may discover many insights into the nature of consciousness, and you should try not to forget that if you decide to pursue that path of being a monk.

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Goglosh (28) (@goglosh) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

I’ll just advice you to be careful.
See, most temples, whether they are buddhist, krsnas, catholic, and whatever, are just looking for power. I myself went for a while to a hare krsna temple and guess what, the guru would just talk about something that didn’t have anything to do with krsna but some new age profit organization. Now the place is flooded with that. I’m not saying krsnas or buddhists are all just profit organizations, but here in the west it is actually more common for that to happen.

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midviku (5) (@jillianfarrugia) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@niglet, I have a sister who is traveling in south east asia at the moment. She went to Tibet but it is almost impossible to just waltz right in! You have to travel in with people of the same nationality as you and apparently can only stay in one week increments. China is being mean and murdering those Tibetans. But if you go to Nepal there is a huge tibetan community and you would actually be allowed to be there, without getting murdered… Good luck! xx

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Adam Smith (113) (@adamsmith) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@americium, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.”

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Adam Smith (113) (@adamsmith) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@americium, it is 11:34

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americium (4) (@americium) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@adamsmith, obviously none of us know what caused the big bang, although how the earth was formed is quite well understood, so why would I choose to believe some random made up story by some ancient barbaric culture.

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Adam Smith (113) (@adamsmith) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@americium, The Big Banger caused The Big Bang. :)

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americium (4) (@americium) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@adamsmith, :) indeed

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Adam Smith (113) (@adamsmith) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@americium, Booyah! :D

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@jillianfarrugia, Very cool info! Thank you!

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

It’s not what you think it’s going to be.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@maximus39, Didn’t ask the general public of HE to make my life decision for me… just asked for some advice. Who are you to tell me that anyway?

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@ganeshcr, I just like it, not really any crazy motivation besides the end result of gaining enlightenment and major self control.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@hypatia, Thanks for the advice, no not yet I haven’t ever left the country.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@xavv, It’s a word? Your input was pointless.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@rickyferdon, Thanks man I’ll check it out!

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@adamsmith, The environment alone is what helps toward enlightenment and I feel they could help.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@stefan, The thing is I want to become a monk, I don’t want to live a normal boring life I want to do something that is out of the ordinary.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@flyingrhino, Everything anyone ever does is selfish.

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Niglet (4) (@niglet) 8 years, 12 months ago ago

@kidd, I don’t see Buddhism as much of a religion that tells you what to do but more of a lifestyle that says hey this works try it…

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