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)?
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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!
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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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