retrofuturist wrote:As someone who has indeed moved from the U.S. to Thailand to become a bhikkhu, what do you think of the article? Do your experiences in any way relate to those of the others mentioned? Unlike the others, you're still in Thailand... so seemingly your perspective is a bit different.
Out of the gate...I didn't come to Thailand to ordain...I was here more than twenty-five years prior to ordaining...I found the article interesting, although that's about the extent of it...most of it doesn't apply to me, as I don't consider myself converted, constructing (the ideal, as opposed to the real), nor do I consider myself a missionizer (sic)...I didn't have a problem integrating because I'd already 'gone native', more or less...there was no conflict between wants and expectations...and re-integration doesn't apply (yet, and hopefully won't)...probably what struck me most, if anything, was the wants and expectations noted...to me, for anyone considering ordination, those should be on the back burner...way back...off the stove actually...
Be well friend...
Manapa...I wouldn't be able to comment really because I don't associate with western monks, not by choice, it just doesn't occur...and I have no view of universal Buddhism...I try to go with the flow wherever I am...
you actually answered my question perfectly! (underlined the part/s)
maybe not what I was thinking of as a response but very helpful, and something I have been (semi)grappling with recently.
after saying that, there is another part of the essay which springs to mind now, and without going through it again, so using my own words, did you have a sense of coming home when you arrived, and ordained, only one, or both?