Wandering Monk

Wandering Monk

From Phap Vu

I have taken to the road to visit various local sanghas. During this time outside the monastery system I am no longer supported financially. This page is a vehicle for Dharma friends wishing to give dana in the form o...

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At the age of 14 Dharma years, in this body of 58 years, I have decided to follow the advice of the late Joseph Campbell and “follow my bliss.” It has been my aspiration for sometime now to go and visit to support the various lay communities. Monasteries are wonderful. Many people come and practice and I constantly hear how much they feel they benefit from the experience. However, so many people will never go to the monasteries for one reason or another: They don't have the money, too many obligations, family life, the distance, and so on.

My aspiration is to go and bring the teachings to the communities and help support them in their aspirations of community and practice. Typically, when monastics are asked to visit the lay communities it is to lead some event, such as a retreat or day of mindfulness: They arrive, lead some events, perhaps a day or two of sightseeing, and then off. What if there is a monastic who would be willing to spend more time just to be with the community?

Here's the thing: When a monastic decides to give up the security of monastery life they are naturally no longer financially supported by the community for their needs. What that means is no food, no housing, no medical, no dental, and so forth. they are on their own. This is why I am asking for dana to take up my aspiration to go forth and be available for the lay community.

If you want to read more about this journey go to    

https://bodhiwheel.blog/2018/05/11/of-transitions-the-100-foot-pole-and-a-wandering-monk/

I will be blogging through my journey on this Sabbatical at https://bodhiwheel.blog

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