LonesomeYogurt wrote:I would advise you to ordain as fast as you can - it's not hard to get to Thailand or any other monastery once you're firmly established in the robes. Waiting a while may lead to new complications, unforeseen problems, a change of heart, etc.
reflection wrote:You're welcome. Always good to meet people with similar intentions - even online. Hope your intentions become reality. But I disagree with people who say you should ordain as soon as possible. In a monastery, I think you can train just as well with a robe as without. Just take some time to see if it really feels right and if you have found the right place. No need to rush to make your lay life just a few months shorter. Monks suffer as well..
LonesomeYogurt wrote:Oh, I totally agree - don't rush into ordaining James! Just get to the monastery.
James the Giant wrote:Ten years after I borrowed the money, I have finally paid off my student loan and credit cards.
It's an excellent feeling, being free of that damned obligation, that albatross.
And now I am free to ordain, wonderful!
Now I have a choice:
Immediately go to Bodhivana Monastery near Melbourne and become an anagarika there, or perhaps here in Perth at Bodhinyana.
Save for six more months, and then go visit Thailand, stay at Wat Pa Nanachat for a few months, and visit Sri Lanka, to get a taste of life in a Buddhist country.
Then find a good monastery, probably back here in Australia. (or Wat Pa Nanachat if I like that.)
reflection wrote:Don't mean to hijack this thread, but just to increase the fun I just transferred the last money I owed. This feels nice.
James the Giant wrote:reflection wrote:Don't mean to hijack this thread, but just to increase the fun I just transferred the last money I owed. This feels nice.
Congrats to you too!
Now, avoid a mortgage!
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