Monk for a Month?

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Monk for a Month?

Post by Cittasanto » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:16 pm

Just went to my face book account and noticed this link on the side
so done a search and found this http://monkforamonth.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

what does everyone think of this?
I think it is a bit strange although I have heard of another temple doing the same thing.
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by bodom » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:18 pm

Thats awesome. Im there man! Seriously though that would be so cool. The site looks legit. It speaks of the 4 noble truths, eightfold path and the 5, 8 and 10 precepts. I wish i had the time and opportunity to do it. I think its pretty cool and is a good way to bring buddhism to the general public. Good avertising for once!

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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by Cittasanto » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:29 pm

it doesn't look to different from going on retreat to me, only less strict.
the retreat I go on twice a year is one meal a day, silent, and walking and sitting meditation all day with a dhamma talk last every day from a monk
5:30am: Wake-up bell.
6:00: Morning sitting.
7:00: Tea, wash etc.
8:00: Work period.
8:40: Meditation (walking and sitting) and Dhamma Talk.
11:00: Meal, clean up, break.
1:20: Meditation (walking and sitting with a tea break).
5:40: Break and hot drink.
6:40: Meditation (walking and sitting).
8:00: Evening sitting and Dhamma Talk.
9:15: Free time.
10:00: Lights out
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Post by Jechbi » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:37 pm

And amazingly, the four-week options costs less than $700 USD. That's pretty cheap. Still, there is at least one free alternative, though it lasts just 10 days and you don't get to be ordained or referred to as a monk.
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by mikenz66 » Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:49 pm

Greetings Jechbi,
Jechbi wrote:And amazingly, the four-week options costs less than $700 USD. That's pretty cheap. Still, there is at least one free alternative, though it lasts just 10 days and you don't get to be ordained or referred to as a monk.
:smile:
In fact, in most Wats, in Thailand or elsewhere, you can do retreats for free (but of course making donations is always good). The $700 sounds like a good donation level...

And being a monk for a few weeks or months is something most Thai men do at some point. The "Home Wat" back in Bangkok of my local Wat ordains a couple of hundred young people for a month or so over Songkran every year, but of course they are catering to Thai speakers.

That particular "monk for a month" option looks genuine and would probably be really good for someone who wants to do it and has no Thai contacts.
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by Ben » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:02 pm

Jechbi wrote:And amazingly, the four-week options costs less than $700 USD. That's pretty cheap. Still, there is at least one free alternative, though it lasts just 10 days and you don't get to be ordained or referred to as a monk.
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Hi Jechbi
I'm intending to do a 30-day vipassana retreat later this year. I will be planning to dana an amount close to $US700.
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by Individual » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:26 pm

Manapa wrote:Just went to my face book account and noticed this link on the side
so done a search and found this http://monkforamonth.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

what does everyone think of this?
I think it is a bit strange although I have heard of another temple doing the same thing.
It's not even that expensive... I'd love to do this! :shock:
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by clw_uk » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:37 pm

that does look really good, not that expensive either
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by appicchato » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:00 pm

It's all relative folks...a Thai ordaining for a month (or even longer) would give closer to one hundred (this Caucasian as well)...being in Thailand, one might wonder how this (seven hundred) squares with the Thai monks (at this wat)...

Be well... :smile:

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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by mikenz66 » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:33 pm

Dear Venerable,

What you say is, of course, true. I would certainly not want to say anything negative about that particular Wat - I know nothing about them, but clearly there are many cheap/free options in Thailand. And there are many advantages to the student when Dhamma and accomodation are freely given and dana can then also be freely given. For one thing, it completely destroys the feelings that tends to arise from the idea that "I paid for this". Those can be a huge hindrance at times when things don't seem to be going so well (which are inevitable on retreat...).

Also, if one has no idea about Thailand this sounds like a safe option (though I have no knowledge of this particular Wat - I'd to a little investigation if I were considering it). And as Ben says it's certainly not an unreasonable donation for someone from Australia, USA, etc. And it's a lot less than what organisations such as IMS in the US charge to maintain their accommodation.

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Monk for a Month?

Post by GrahamR » Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:39 pm

appicchato wrote:It's all relative folks...a Thai ordaining for a month (or even longer) would give closer to one hundred (this Caucasian as well)...being in Thailand, one might wonder how this (seven hundred) squares with the Thai monks (at this wat)...

Be well... :smile:
Venerable sir,

Can I ask how many men will study for a month nowadays? Most I know of may do it for a week or more commonly three days or in some cases even one day! Maybe this in Bangkok culture and things are better outside.

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Post by jcsuperstar » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:08 pm

one of the posters on e-sangha runs that monk for a month deal. i think you study with him and not with other monks or something, i'm not sure, but theres a thread on it over there. it seems like itd be the safest option for someone wanting the experience but not wanting/having the time to find a wat that would take a non thai speaking person etc.
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by Cittasanto » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:25 pm

Jechbi wrote:And amazingly, the four-week options costs less than $700 USD. That's pretty cheap. Still, there is at least one free alternative, though it lasts just 10 days and you don't get to be ordained or referred to as a monk.
:smile:
there are many free alternatives, the routine I posted above is from such a place and the length of stay is something which can increase, as well as becoming a Monk, something not done at goenka as it is a retreat centre
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But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by appicchato » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:38 am

GrahamR wrote:Can I ask how many men will study for a month nowadays? Most I know of may do it for a week or more commonly three days or in some cases even one day! Maybe this in Bangkok culture and things are better outside.
Hi Graham,

It's any, and all, of the above...(it seems) every wat/area has a different take on things...where I am (Kanchanaburi), two weeks is pretty much the minimum, with increasing increments after that, depending on other factors...

Be well... :smile:

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Re: Monk for a Month?

Post by appicchato » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:45 am

mikenz66 wrote:And there are many advantages to the student when Dhamma and accomodation are freely given and dana can then also be freely given.
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