brandwach wrote:Do most westerners, once ordained, stay in them?
I don't have any statistics regarding numbers, but a very senior western monk, in response to my interest at the time, once said, "oh, it's very easy to ordain; it's just difficult to stay". My guess would be that this maxim would apply to anyone who really applied themselves to the monastic life, though. Not just us pampered western folk.
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."