ashtanga wrote:I have to say as the original poster here i am shocked at recent posts. whats with this 'get a job' attitude??? How remarabley opinionated!
According to who, you?
ashtanga wrote:I can only gather you mumble that when walking past 'beggars' on the street too?!
No, I gave to them. Particularly to the ones who had arms amputated at the shoulder, beggers who had no eyes or have leprosy, polio. People who live in societies where there is no welfare safety-net, people who live in societies where the government does absolutely nothing to assist them following a natural disaster. In other words, people with real problems.
And you live in a society where you have access to state-of-the-art health care, access to clean drinking water and food. Whatever your 'problems' are, they are insubstantial given what most people in the world endure. And they are 'problems' that have manifested through your own decisions and choices.ashtanga wrote:Many of us are in debt not through choice, but as a result of divorce, career changes etc.
ashtanga wrote:If we decide that we would like to make a change to a more dedicated life to the Dhamma then I would hope that we would be better recieved with a more 'compassionate' attitude than 'get a job'...!
It was actually very compassionate. The OP needs to pay off his debt before he joins a monastery. His question was a no-brainer. If he wants to access 'hard cash' to pay off his debt so as to join a monastery, then he needs to get a job - period.
Its not very 'Dhammic' to attempt to escape one's fiscal or social responsibilities to join a monastery. In fact, its why the Buddha would not receive people into the order if they had not discharged their responsibilities in lay life.
ashtanga wrote:You should be ashamed of yourselves!.
But I'm not.
ashtanga wrote:Look again at your practice!
I do constantly. Perhaps you should look at yours.