manas wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:54 am
The main reason I'm still interested in perhaps ordaining, if possible, is to live in an environment more conducive to the cultivation of samma-sati and samma-samadhi, yet I read that for some folks, meditation was easier as a layman? Is this a common experience??
I would recommend monasteries that respect your free time and that are isolated and a little distant from villages and especially cities.
I've stayed at several monasteries, some of them are hectic, some of them are sublime. The thai forest ones tend to be sublime, i.e. you show up for the ritual stuff for a few hours and then you have the whole day to yourself, it's extremely quiet, and you can do whatever you want.
I remember being at one monastery, I was stuck on a problem so decided to go their library to figure out what the suttas were saying about this problem, and a random novice who is well known there literally came up to me and said "Reading isn't practicing, can you help me clean the kitchen".
I found that quite annoying, fortunately it only happened once and the rest of my stay was good.
If it were to happen frequently then I would leave that monastery as practicing at home would be more conducive. Actually my lay life environment is pretty good, and better than most monasteries I would say. Ordaining under a living Buddha is much much different than ordaining 2500~ or so years later, there's no one to set things straight.