Nobody said that it is easy, but so it is with most worthwhile pursuits in life. People disrobe for many reasons and there are several reasons for a Bhikkhu's decline and discontentment. However if one lets "difficult" discourage from trying it is going to be hard to achieve anything in life, it is the impossible factor that should be discouraging and even then just because nobody done it before does not in itself mean that it is impossible to do or that one should not try.James Tan wrote: ↑Tue May 22, 2018 7:00 amHave you ever met someone disrobe after over ten or fifteen years in monkhood ?mikenz66 wrote: ↑Tue May 22, 2018 6:35 amDo you actually know people who have been practising for 20 years without feeling positive effects?
I've never met such a person, and I can't imagine why such a person would continue.
Perhaps they missed the suttas on happiness in the present life....
If they are so happy , no reason to leave the monastic life !
Too many you can find . Or you don't pay attention at all.
Clearly there are Bhikkhus who are happy and content.
It is hard to get GM ranked in chess, to place in the olympics, to become world champion, to beat the nosebleed holdem games or to get world class expertise in professional fields, probably >95% of people who want to achieve such goals or merely becoming professionals never make it, does not mean that it is impossible or not worth doing. Does not even mean that it is "exclusive" really because one can argue that talent plays relatively miniscule role relative to work ethic, methodology and commitment. Imo talent will separate the top 5 from the top 50 but the top 500 out of millions can get there by work alone generally speaking.
I don't want to liken the pursuit of Dhamma to pursuit of top ranking in competitive fields because it is different in many ways but my point is that people generally prone to doing things half heartedly and giving up.