Should You be a Monk or Nun?
- 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.
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