INTO THE DHAMMA: The Journey of a Novice Monk

INTO THE DHAMMA: The Journey of a Novice Monk


to think of doing it for the rest of my life it takes a lot of conviction and faith to do it yeah so becoming a monk Asst is is quite easy I think it took me 15 minutes to become a monk but being a good mum I think that takes a lot you know a good man who who sleeps Leto who who eats little and and meditates a lot that it really takes a lot of mental stamina and endurance to do it I’ve been helping out in various activities and and Dhamma centres but it was only like four years ago that I started getting serious with the practice I’ve been making trips to map jan 2 2014 for giving up was i mean physically giving up was quite okay i mean coming here donning the ropes and you know shaving off one’s head the first few weeks the thoughts just kept coming back you know thoughts of three things that kept coming back for me it’s massages food and and football so i had to do quite a lot of contemplation to steal my mind i think it took me around three weeks three to four weeks for that to go away so after which my mind kind of stabilized so the day starts off with morning bell going off at 4 a.m. in the morning so one would would then wake up and prepare for morning chanting at 5:00 a.m. so the monks we usually go out around 6:00 for the arms round it’s actually quite different being a lay person and and among you know I’ve I’ve been through I’ve been through the routine as a lay person it actually feels quite different especially being a monk going out on pin the pot it’s actually quite tiring the route takes around one to one and a half hours and by the time one gets back it’s it’s really quite draining the feet hurts the knee hurts so that that really sets the energy out from from me so around 7:00 7:30 that’s when the monks will then prepare for the MU so at around 8:00 the monks will then pick them you finish this off at around 9:00 to 9:00 that’s the time when the monks will then clean up and around 10:00 that’s where we will usually do some chores either that or we go back to our cookie to clean up do our own chores or you know do some practice or to get some rest and then round three that’s where the bell goes off again and that’s where we have to do chores again as for chores it’s really good practice for for one’s patience and mindfulness for the past three months I’ve been given pass to to clean the mall really tested my patience because of the mosquitoes the smell the poor design of the more the more that doesn’t have an outlet you really got on to me so so he really took me a lot of time to really get around my defilements that’s that’s where you see the practice coming into coming into K you know is this it’s the color like you know being careful with one conduct through that and it carries through to the chores as well so when when when one is doing the chores one is careful with with one’s actions so through that hour you know I was able to develop the sati or mindfulness and and over time I got the hang of of cleaning the motor so at 5 p.m. it’s time for non Panna after which we will then prepare for evening chanting which starts at 7:00 and around 9:00 p.m. so after which one is free to either meditate more sit through the night or to get some resin and prepare for the next day I’ve heard a lot you know if I’ve seen a lot and I experienced quite a fair bit but you know what to do it’s really quite a different thing especially the discomfort that comes along with it you know it’s really quite different from retreats and and being a layperson where the stay would be like just one or two weeks because you you know one would know that all you know it’s gonna end in a few weeks time as among its it’s really draining like mentally draining because you know it doesn’t seem to end at all so the only way to stop the store to really have mindfulness within and not let the mind run round a journalist is it’s like special I mean I’m not saying this to get into a John’s good books but as an auditor I’m I’m skeptic by profession so you know iid really buy into it at first when I came here so you know it took me a long time so I’ve been observing respectfully observing a John for the past four years and his teachings are quite direct and honest and he’s always quite prompt this is prompt and assure it’s quite amazing you know I realized that he is always so compassionate towards the monks it was the lay people and more importantly and to me I think the most impressive thing about him mrs. quite acquaintance is really like in he he doesn’t show any sign of displeasure impatience so yeah I’ve actually gained I’ve gained a lot and I’m truly indebted to to arjen’s kindness I think being a Singaporean I I think the Dhamma that we are exposed to mainly comes in the form of Dhamma talks and meditation retreats so the exposure to the kawah is is quite limited understanding and knowing about the core is something that I’ve I’ve really gained through my stay here the the core really helps to to cultivate mindfulness and then again keeps emphasizing on on you know doing the minimum going for morning chanting going for evening chanting going for arms round doing ones chores and invariably just by doing it you know one gains that that the level of mindfulness this continuous practice that goes on over time it really helps and my level of mindfulness and concentration has never been this good thank you having I went yeah when a coach at Ambala yang Yan a buck 99 coated a male huh yep nice man wind chill a they would miss a little he seems to be more in his head a lot so I think he understands deeply into some Dhamma if my income idea of amazing with this he may ordain for a very long time not sure yeah not sure I’ve done the video conferencing really helps in developing one’s faith and endurance as well because you know to be there to give up Friday evenings to attend the video conference is is quite sacrifice in the long run you know the talks over time you realize that it can be quite repetitive but the takeaway is really building that the level of mindfulness patience and faith because you know one would quite easily Penda towards one’s liking or disliking so so I think that has really helped you know is really like being in in the monastery attending the morning and evening chantings every day so being away from from Thailand and and back in Singapore I think that’s the closest thing that we can get

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  1. OMG. A capitalist Singaporean can become a monk in Thailand. I am really happy for you, as you could benefit from your ordination with wisdom. Mindful meditation is really helpful. Practice makes perfect!

  2. Why is the monk not able to sit still on the chair? I mean the posture. He has to take some support.
    Is it because of the long meditation, or eating less food, the back has become weak?
    I don't know

  3. 🙏 Quite inspirational!! Thank you Shifu! What a treasure the opportunity to become a monastic. Due to karma some aren’t as fortunate to have such a meaningful pursuit. I wish you great success 👍

  4. Fantastic. With my first 10 day vipassana retreat coming up, I've been spending much time trying to ''find my seat''. I'm most interested in experimenting with the ''one leg bent back'' position, that I observe the Forest tradition Thai monks use at the Theravadan temple I attend and that I also caught sight of in this documentary. Full lotus is out of the question! The 1/4 lotus and Burmese style (and of course, ''seiza'' when I'm lagging!) , but this other possibility is worth investigating. I notice the monks in this tradition do not use any other kind of mat and certainly not the luxury of a zafu). I guess, I shall just have to get up the courage to ask one of the monks about it. Thank you for a glimpse into a path that takes more fortitude than I can imagine.

  5. I fast forwarded the video to catch the last bit where you said " my level of mindfulness and concentration has never been this good "…..

    I like to add something further…..

    The ultimate objective of achieving concentration and mindfulness is to bestow upon you the ability to see things what they really are and not what they appear to be……that in itself is WISDOM.

    When you achieve the wisdom to see things what they really are, you give up wanting and clinging.

    Unfortunately, the video doesn't display the essence of Buddha's Teaching.

  6. Solo debemos comenzar con el desapego y el propio concepto así iniciar el mundo de paz y armonía

  7. So inspiring. You could do it. I kept longing for it, through out. But my positive karma was not ripped enough for that in this life. May I be like you in my next life. I have truly realised by now. Yes, Samsara is suffering. Only nirvana could be the ultimate peace ✌️

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