We don't want to renounce. We want to have fun.

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Re: We don't want to renounce. We want to have fun.

Postby fragrant herbs » Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:09 pm

Maybe it depends on what you constitute as having fun. My teacher loves to garden and to play with a certain type of board game that the monks use. He also takes monks on trips to get them away from the monastery.
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Re: We don't want to renounce. We want to have fun.

Postby Bevoir » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:54 pm

Thanks for the replies guys. Food for thought...
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Re: We don't want to renounce. We want to have fun.

Postby Ferox » Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:18 pm

my practice and experience has shown me that when you reach certain levels of dissatisfaction and dispassion naturally, "fun" is given up quite voluntarily and with little struggle. forcing someone into something never works out well.

an example I use is that as we get older , most people are not going to bars and drinking and partying anymore, it's not something they decided " ok from here on in i make a vow to never go to the bar and drink vodka anymore", it just naturally happened as the flow of life moved in other directions.
-just one more being treading the ancient path of Dhamma-
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Re: We don't want to renounce. We want to have fun.

Postby hermitwin » Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:17 pm

If you dont want to renounce, you wont.
Even monks disrobe and get married.
Renouncing is not an event but a process.
Monks who dont disrobe; it must be due to confidence in the dhamma,
teacher or seeing the results of their own practice that they persevere.
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