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Should You be a Monk or Nun?

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  • NamoAmituofo
    Should You be a Monk or Nun? Even if you are a monk, if your practice of the Way is not intense, if your aspiration is not pure, how are you any different from
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2003

      Should You be a Monk or Nun?



      Even if you are a monk,
      if your practice of the Way is not intense,
      if your aspiration is not pure,
      how are you any different from a layman?

      Again, even if you are a layman,
      if your aspiration is intense and your conduct wise,
      why is this any different from being a monk?

      -Zen Master Hakuin



      If you want to be a monk but hesitate,
      let go of that which holds you back...
      if you really want to be a monk.
      If you want to be a monk but hesitate,
      and cannot let go of that which holds you back...
      you either do not want really to be a monk,
      or are not yet ready.

      -Stonepeace



      There is basically only one good reason to be a monk-
      to have more space and time dedicated to intense practice.
      To know if you are have this dedication or not,
      go for a long retreat.
      When you decide not to leave this retreat,
      which is in reality retreating from attachment, aversion and delusion,
      you have already become a monk within.
      Decide then, whether you wish to be a monk without.
       
      -Stonepeace
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