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Can a foreigner become a monk in Thailand ?

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Yes, there are some here doing that. 

 

What I might recommend as a first step would be to go to a forest temple and visit, spend some time, relax in the calm atmosphere and see if it is for you...

 

maybe you need a simple shift of focus from doing you good to doing good for others... it will make you feel better.

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Before you wander into the role of monkhood, be aware of the following:

 

- vow of poverty (you are supposed to give up all your worldly possessions completely if you take up the cowl permanently). Some will enter a monastry for a few months for merit but that is not becomming a monk as such.

- vow of chastity (no sex, not even on your own!)

- no privacy (living conditions are going to be rugged to say the least)

- vow of obedience (get used to taking orders)

- make youself conversant with the conditions of buddhist lent (can you beg? can you go without food for extended periods of time? can you be quiet for long periods of time? can you do without TV and Internet? Survive on one meal a day?)

 

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19 hours ago, BEVUP said:

Yes they can

There is actually one who is lower to medium level ranked ( been on the news )

If that's the case, why don't the Farang beggars just go and become a monk, everything paid for through the kindness of the Thai people.

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Wat Pah Nanachat or in English "The International Forest Monastery" which means most of the monkshere are foreigner even the abbot. So English is there main language. However their traditions are 100% the same as other Thai forrest monaytries (restricted but very faithful) under Wat Nong Pah Pongtemple family.

 

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Yes, Ajahn Jayasoro is a senior monk here in Thailand and is actually the spiritual head of my sons' former (Thai) school - Thawsi. He's a fluent Thai speaker, and even speaks on behalf of the Thai sangha for foreign TV interviews etc.

More about him here:

https://www.amaravati.org/biographies/ajahn-jayasaro/

 

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Three years ago a young German guy came to our village with the intention of becoming a monk for a short time. He was in the temple for two weeks and then left and went back home. He could have stayed longer, he told me, but he had a job to go back to.

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15 hours ago, swissie said:

Judging from other threads and posts by the OP, I would think that he is in "trouble" and needing help.

Unless a deep interest in Buddhism is already in place, doubtful, if his troubles can be cured in a temple, unless the cure would consist of Monotony and Boredom. If stifeling boredom is the cure, why not head for an isolated island and howl at the moon. OP has not explained why he thinks that such a temple environement would do him good. Just to "get away from it all"? Better option: see "isolated island" above.


- Yes there are temples offering residency to Farangs in search of their "inner-self". For a modest fee, well understood.


Instead of above mentioned options, I recommend to the OP to take residence at "Lulu's Bar and Grill & Soapy Massage" for 2 weeks. No doubt, during his stay at this place, he will be surrounded by good looking female therapists. They are trained to bring foreward the essence of modern psychology in cases like this:


YOU THINK TOO MUCH.


OP should try it.
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I'm not skint, I'll be going to Thailand at the end of August with 4000 British pounds, I have nothing in England, no friends, no girlfriend, no kids, not close to family, I have some health issues like Tinnitus, Bad Posture and a Pelvic issue that I won't go into

 

If I don't have the balls to kill myself then I need to have other options on what do to with my life, I can't return home, my parents don't want me to live with them, I'd be homeless if I returned home. 

 

maybe being a monk is not for me, due to my health problems, but it could be worth a try, it will be very difficult but maybe I'll feel free and happy after a month, or maybe I'll hate it, how can I know if I don't try.

 

but I'm worried about not being able to masturbate and only eating one meal a day, I think I would lose a lot of weight and become anorexic because I'm naturally a thin guy and have a high metabolism. I don't care about internet, TV and technology much, I'd love to cure myself from my Porn habits.  

 

 

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35 minutes ago, Bonobojt said:

I'm not skint, I'll be going to Thailand at the end of August with 4000 British pounds, I have nothing in England, no friends, no girlfriend, no kids, not close to family, I have some health issues like Tinnitus, Bad Posture and a Pelvic issue that I won't go into

 

If I don't have the balls to kill myself then I need to have other options on what do to with my life, I can't return home, my parents don't want me to live with them, I'd be homeless if I returned home. 

 

maybe being a monk is not for me, due to my health problems, but it could be worth a try, it will be very difficult but maybe I'll feel free and happy after a month, or maybe I'll hate it, how can I know if I don't try.

 

but I'm worried about not being able to masturbate and only eating one meal a day, I think I would lose a lot of weight and become anorexic because I'm naturally a thin guy and have a high metabolism. I don't care about internet, TV and technology much, I'd love to cure myself from my Porn habits.  

 

 

Oh Great!

Another 4 pages of you committing suicide every other post.

Book yourself into the Psyche ward of the nearest hospital and forget Thailand.

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Off topic but may I suggest India for a more "monistic" life.

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22 minutes ago, duanebigsby said:

Oh Great!

Another 4 pages of you committing suicide every other post.

Book yourself into the Psyche ward of the nearest hospital and forget Thailand.

Nooo !!

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20 minutes ago, Colabamumbai said:

Off topic but may I suggest India for a more "monistic" life.

maybe in the next life

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