SarathW wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:27 am
One issue Id like to raise is that if Ven Jayasara, for example, needs to travel
Why monks have to travel by automobiles and planes?
Can't they walk like Jason the wondering monk?
There is a difference, i'm not a wandering monk ala tudong like this jason the wandering monk with no particular place to go or mission to do. I only travel when I have been invited to a place to share the dhamma, the people have paid for my transport(only rarely transporting me themselves, depending on the distance), and spent time and money to setup the various venues in which I will conduct a short retreat, talk, Q&A etc.
Most of my travels are at minimum 5 hour bus rides and my travel days tend to actually be about 12 hours. Even if I was not a nobody, and as well known as say my preceptor Bhante G ( who traveled the world teaching dhamma for decades, many times without a lay person always there) , or Ajahn Brahm, there is no guarantee I'd have some lay person able to travel all around with me.
When I asked Ajahn Brahm as to why he did not have retinue with him, he said he travels alone because its quite a burden for the people sponsoring him if they had to pay for extra tickets and the like. and here is a monk who when people invite him he has to globe hop, so the sponsors are less likely to be able to travel to pick him up and escort him, I'm just traveling in my own country.