A Humble Yarn of a Novice Monk at the Indiana Buddhist Temple
Feb10

A Humble Yarn of a Novice Monk at the Indiana Buddhist Temple

Submitted to Living Fort Wayne by the Indiana Buddhist Temple Have you ever thought of dedicating your life towards enlightenment? In this part of the world, this is not a concept that most of us are raised with. For many of us, there comes a point where the only solution to our spiritual dilemma is to ordain as a monastic. For those who are unfamiliar with many of the spiritual paths that are currently available to us, Buddhism is one path that is neatly laid out so that if you walk on the noble eight fold path, you may see the benefits of this spiritual path in this very lifetime. Buddhism is definitely not the only path that can lead to enlightenment but it is one of the most organized spiritual paths that is open to anyone who is interested. There are many other systems available; although some require the assistance of a master, Guru or some sort of esoteric practice that is only available to those who are accepted into that particular system. With Buddhism today, one can learn a technique of meditation from a meditation teacher and practice at home. Even with limited experience, one can still make some progress and develop a more balanced mind when it comes to dealing with the day to day turmoil that all of us face. At a certain point, we will need further instruction. Some will continue doing long retreats of several weeks to several months. There are even many individuals today who go on long retreats of several years without ordaining as a monastic. So why would someone decide to become a monastic and give up the householder life? When ordaining as a monk or nun, you are basically giving yourself over to the Buddha (The teachings that the Buddha left us), Dharma and the Sangha (Holy order of monks and nuns). Dharma is a Pali (a language that was spoken during the time of the Buddha) word that basically means the order of the universe. You can also say that the Dharma means the natural laws of the universe. By taking the robes of a monastic, you are dedicating your life to enlightenment. As a monastic, you are taking the vow to follow the precepts which are given to you during ordination. As a lay Buddhist, it is very common to already follow the five precepts which are: non-harm towards all living beings; not taking anything that isn’t given to you; not having illegal (harmful) sexual relations; not lying (which on a higher level could also be interpreted to not slandering, gossiping or speaking harshly towards others) and...

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