– Notes written during my stay at the Newbury Buddhist Monastery, Victoria, Australia –
3rd July 2015
What do I see as the Pros and Cons of being a Monk/Monastic
Pros – Being a Monk/Monastic
- Away from all the worldly drama.
- Have the guidance and support structure that is required to “Learn Dhamma” and “Practice Dhamma”.
- Guidelines and Rules are in place to facilitate the “Disciplined Life”.
- Since donors & other members of the institute takes care of the basic needs, Monastics can fully concentrate on doing their job:
Get closer to enlightenment
Cons – Being a Monk / Monastic
- Monastics may have their own set of drama
- I personally don’t agree with some of the rules (Allowables, Etc)
- Dealing with “Lay People” may bring back memories from the past.
- Require to follow an established structure / process, and limited to express your own thoughts and feelings.
- Will be labeled “Buddhist”, which will be an immediate “No” from people from other religions, if you’re to convey a message.
What are the Pros and Cons of going back to the “Real World”, yet live my New Found*** beliefs.
Pros – Back to “Real World”
- No rules, no limitations, hence I can practice what I feel is right.
- Free to express myself to the world in anyway via Blog / Facebook without having to worry about potential “Brand Damage” of an “Institution”
- I don’t need to label myself as a Buddhist, hence I have the ability to convey a message to “Non-buddhist” community
*** New Found: These were already existing, but clouded with cultural baggage, current day social structures, and self doubt.
Cons – Back to “Real World”
- Too close to “Real World” and will require a lot more effort to be disciplined.
- Limited time to learn, discuss, and write about Dhamma.
- Limited time to practice meditation, etc.
- No structure, hence easy to be lazy.
After 3 days at the monastery, how do I see my future?
- Doing what I’m doing now, helping as a lay person, looking after monastics’ needs seem appealing to me
- I definitely can help out in the setting up of the monastery.
Process optimization (office)
Looking after Monastics
Looking after the place
- I can also help myself
Learn new skills (Handy man)
Learn about Dhamma
Learn and practice meditation
- I also can take “leave” and go to the “Real World” for breaks, to visit friends and family.
- The longer I stay in a monastery as a Lay Person, the more clarity I will get about what I want to do.
Social service as a Lay Person
Social service as a monastic in Newbury
Social service as a monastic in Australia
Social service as a Lay person or a monastic in Sri Lanka.
Complete change (None of the above)
- World is my Oyster
Is Atmail history for me?
- I’ve always wanted to do community services
- Whether it’s at the place I’m at or a different place, I know I’m in the right direction.
- I definitely want to read more about Dhamma and Practice more.