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live in Tibet with buddhist monks for meditation

edited February 2011 in Meditation
I am looking for a program in which i can live in Nepal or Thailand with buddhists for several years to practice meditation and work in exchanged for a place to stay. Any suggestions? And does any such program exist...

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  • I'd also be interested in knowing about this.
  • In Thai monasteries you can live there for as long as you want. You just have to ask. In fact, you can ordain then disrobe after a year. That is also common with many Thais doing that. You just need to find a monastery that teaches in English... or learn Thai!

    I haven't done any of this so you might want to confirm with someone living in Thailand or Nepal.
  • I am looking for a program in which i can live in Nepal or Thailand with buddhists for several years to practice meditation and work in exchanged for a place to stay. Any suggestions? And does any such program exist...
    why thailand or Nepal? Dazzle sent the link of one in UK and I thought the place looked amazing! I understand the connections to the geographical places but you may have a greater language barrier to overcome as mentioned by Vangelis.
  • Could anyone tell what the link that Dazzle posted was?

    many thanks.
  • edited February 2011
    AFAIK? Buddhism has fully __ARRIVED__ in the west over the past 50 years.

    Perhaps closer to home is possible for you?

    OTOH, it might be great to expatriate for a while, sure.
  • I agree with @Roger... I know of several places within a reasonable distance from my home where one can stay and live with Buddhist monastics.
  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited February 2011
    Saulsilver, western monks who go to India to live in Tibetan monasteries tend to be surprised at the primitive conditions and lack of food. I think the advice to either try Thailand, or a monastery closer to home is good.
  • the grass is greener on the other side. when you get there it still looks like grass.
  • You can do some research online and in books ("The Novice" is one in which a Western Vajrayana Buddhist reports on his experience in monasteries both in the West and in India), to get a better preview of what's in store regarding your options.
  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited February 2011
    BTW, saulsilver, your OP says "Live in Tibet with Buddhist monks". That's not possible, as you'd have to get a residency visa or extended tourist visa from the Chinese, which they're not about to give, after the crackdown in 2008. You must have meant India or Nepal...?
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