Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What do Buddhist monks do? (video)

Nick Keomahavong; Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Who are monks and what do they do?
(A Life of a Buddhist Monk Documentary, April 25, 2019)
Buddhist monks need to be calm and serious.
Buddhist monastics (bhikkhus and bhikkhunis, monks and nuns) are shrouded in mystery, but there is no reason for this. They are open and approachable. Let's not bother them. Let's take a look at them behind-the-scenes.

They are secluded, almost invisible, hidden from the Western world. This short documentary is an attempt to allow a brief glimpse into the life of a monk (life being similar but harder for female ascetics) and a look into a monastery.

Tudong novices in Northeast forest tradition
The monk's life may be misunderstood by many, so this video gives us an exclusive look into that world. It answers questions like, Why monks do the things they do, why does anyone ordain, and how does one train oneself?

Speaking from first-hand experience, the monk's training and monk's life are NOT easy. No self-development is easy. Making a commitment to a disciplined regular practice is NOT easy. But that said, each day we continue to make a choice to pursue this path to enlightenment.

Enjoy this look into a private and exclusive life of self-development. Please feel free to leave thoughts in the comments' section.

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    They ordain at Dhammakaya for many different reasons, essentially to have an authentic experience of life as a Buddhist monk in an environment that preserves the 2,600-year history of monastic life in the Buddhist sangha. “Peace is the essence of happiness, and that essence is the true nature of all beings.” The benefit of training as a monk in IDOP is the effect of experiencing the inner essence and peace that exists in all human beings through the practice of Dhammakaya meditation.

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