To renounce

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Posted by Savaka ( on May 22, 2000 at 20:39:35:

In Reply to: Fellow Buddhists, I need you help! posted by Andreas Isaksson on May 21, 2000 at 07:20:48:

T'is not easy to renounce. There is much pain and loss. It may perhaps be good, if one can afford it, to dwell as a meditator, having no ties with the lay society for a few months (at least two) to understand the depths of the act of renunciation.

Every path in life has its dangers and pitfalls, and the way of the monk is in no way any safer than another.

Think well and think objectively, dear friend, before you walk with shaven head.

If you do choose to renounce, then make sure all worldly ties are severed. Leave no unpaid debts. Give away your possessions. All your possessions. Go by the grace of your parents. Your girlfriend needs to understand that she cannot hope to be with you ever again. And you should not meet her as a monk for as long as you can possibly manage. Practise your monkhood well away from your current community. And surrender your life to the Triple Gem. Never turn back no matter how much your heart will desire.


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