LonesomeYogurt wrote:http://www.sirimangalo.org/ is a very good center that tolerates visitors very well =]
Otherwise, depending on where you are in the world, it shouldn't be too hard to find a center.
This is a good way to find a center or monastery.
Alobha wrote:I recommend that you visit the center before deciding whether or not to stay there for an extended period of time. While there certainly are many monasteries with a high standard, the question is how suitable the people and teacher(s) are for you (like their style of teaching, their personality etc + individual differences from monastery to monastery).
Buddhanet is certainly a good place to find out where you could go. Many places also have a homepage with dhammatalks, which might give you a chance to narrow down options. If you want to visit a place in France: I only heard good things about Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh http://www.buddhanet.net/masters/thich.htm. His main center "plum village" is in the north of France as far as i know
PS: Congrats on your plans to stay in a monastery for a longer time btw! Great opportunity to practice!
Goofaholix wrote:I wouldn't recommend this unless you've already done a few 1-2 week retreats close to home.
If then you want to take a year off and be a dhamma bum in asia then yes that would be a great idea, there are lots of centres you could go to so I wouldn't worry about commiting to spend a year in one place or ordaining, travel around, spend as long or as little time in erach place as you want, look upon it as an adventure and a chance tolet go of your attachments.
Bagoba wrote:Also I was wondering, as I took refuge in the 3 Jewels about 7 years ago, with the Kagyupa lineage of tibetan buddhism, is that ok to try a different approach with Theravada and the Vipassana method now? Or let's say that at some point in the future I'd like to ordain, could I do it under a different tradition than the one I initially took refuge in in this life?
Goofaholix wrote:That kind of thing makes no difference from the Theravada / Vipassana POV, if you were going the other way it might be a problem.
Bagoba wrote:Goofaholix wrote:That kind of thing makes no difference from the Theravada / Vipassana POV, if you were going the other way it might be a problem.
You mean if I had taken refuge under the Therava tradition but then wished to ordain under the Vajrayana tradition?
Bagoba wrote:Hi guys,
So here I am, almost 34 yo in May, working as a sales rep for over 6 and a half years, making good money for myself and my employers, with good health but a tinnitus problem, no kids or wife, no house mortgage, my mind still racing like a monkey everytime I sit and watch my breath, still very highly attached to the senses, still very ignorant.
For a while I have been thinking about taking a year off as a sabbatical, at 1st it was to travel the world and so on, now I'm thinking about doing it to go to a monastery in Thailand or Sri Lanka (or else?), and start taking control of my mind and my sense doors more seriously and see how that goes.
Is there a specific place any of you truth seekers could recommend me for that purpose? Could I reside in a monastery as a lay follower until I decide to either go back or ordain? Or else what's the best way to go about it?