Monastic Aptitude Test

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Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby Nibbida » Fri May 06, 2011 4:52 pm

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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby Monkey Mind » Fri May 06, 2011 5:15 pm

In high school I took a career aptitude test. My peers got really cool responses like "research scientist". My results made only one recommendation: clergy. :tantrum:
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby Alex123 » Fri May 06, 2011 7:27 pm

Hello all.

This is an interesting question: How can one know if one is really ready for Monasticism, other than trying it (and seeing what happens, hopefully without serious surprises)?
I was not; I was; I am not; I do not care."
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby householder » Fri May 06, 2011 7:37 pm

Anagarika training?
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby householder » Fri May 06, 2011 7:38 pm

PS it doesn't seem to ask whether one has ever suffered from a fear of Buddhists - Zenophobia!
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby Goofaholix » Sat May 07, 2011 9:03 am

householder wrote:PS it doesn't seem to ask whether one has ever suffered from a fear of Buddhists - Zenophobia!


Which soon leads to Terror vada!
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby householder » Sat May 07, 2011 9:08 am

Some people are concerned at the rise of apathy amongst practitioners - Meh-hayana
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby pilgrim » Sat May 07, 2011 9:47 am

Some feel the whole thing is one big joke - Hahayana
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby householder » Sat May 07, 2011 11:07 am

I heard being enlightened is like the ultimate hot dog - one with everything!
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby rowyourboat » Sun May 08, 2011 2:22 am

Monkey Mind wrote:In high school I took a career aptitude test. My peers got really cool responses like "research scientist". My results made only one recommendation: clergy. :tantrum:


So the one profession that allows you to meditate as part of your job and allows you as much freedom as you want (ok, I concede minor issues re training rules, but on the whole..) and offers freedom from suffering as part of the benefits.. what are you worried about again? :thinking: :tongue:
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Re: Monastic Aptitude Test

Postby Monkey Mind » Sun May 08, 2011 5:47 am

Hehe... this high school was in the middle of the Bible Belt... by "clergy", I assumed the test meant something more... Christian. It makes sense, though. I was a bit obsessed with world religions as a teenager.
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