Viscid wrote:I'm curious-- do monasteries ever encourage their monks to exercise, or do monks ever take the initiative to exercise? Would this be discouraged considering they'd likely eat more?
Do prostrations count as exercise?
At the monastery where I ordained we walked down the mountain 5km each morning to go on Pindhabhat in the village below... lookshury.
At Wat pah nanachat the Pindhabhats are usually about an hour long.
Thai forest monks can walk for long distances when on Tudong.
Many Burmese monks spend a considerable portion of the day doing walking meditation.
A lot of monks do yoga.
It's not all about just sitting on your butt.
"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