Life Under The Saffron Robe - Conclusion


Meditation
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This is the conclusion of Suriya "Nuk" Chitchulanon's journal describing his Buddhist ordination ritual and subsequent monkhood. Start with part one.
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Lifetime Valuable Experience

If I used the blue sky as paper and the ocean as ink, it would not be enough to describe my entire incredible monastic experience. All Buddhist philosophies, terminologies, doctrines, and Pali scriptures that I studied in high school had come back to my memory. The teaching from Ajarn Ratana (the abbot) and other disciplined and talented monks was delivered to me with a keen sense of humor. They guided me to the noble way of life in the quest for suffering liberation, the truth of suffering, the cause/effect of suffering, the karma rule, the path to end suffering, and answered questions about meditation and the practice. In addition, I have discovered an important answer about living as a monk in a monastery. You need not to ordain if you want to learn the Buddhist philosophy and practice. It is primarily your good intentions and the effort level you give from your heart which are more powerful than carrying out the ordination.

To become a monk requires not only intention but also conviction. To remain a monk requires patience, discipline, and understanding. These attributes can be cultivated and will arise naturally with the development of meditation. With the right attitudes and balanced view of one's emontional changes, one will learn from the difficulties and gain understanding. Time spent as a monk will be a valuable and rewarding experience.

The End.

Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, conclusion.