thanks to the wonders of facebook memories, I get to know that 7 years ago today I announced to the greater world that I was leaving to the monastery(in about 6 months) and leaving lay life behind :

So I have some news that I figured I’d share on here since everyone who would care to know can see it all at once and save me a lot of explaining. For some this news may seem out of the blue and for others not so much. Close friends and family have been aware of my desire for some time.

Long story short, I’m leaving; work, the state, lay life, etc. For the past few years I have been working on and moving towards what we in Buddhism call “renouncing”, ie becoming a monk. It is not a decision I have taken lightly, as this is nearly four years in the making.

Yes my plan is to leave what most people would consider a good job and a good life,its not something I could ever really expect anyone to understand, but I have amazing family and friends who are supportive beyond words.

So whats the deal? Well I’ve been accepted to enter into the monastery as a resident with intent to renounce. The process of becoming fully ordained as a monk will take up to two years, that is if the monastery feels I am worthy of ordaining and I still feel this decision is for me, there are no guarantees.

There are many inherent risks involved in doing something like this, but I have always trusted my gut and never let fear of the future hold me back.

The die is cast, I plan to go into the monastery somewhere around June 1st.Nothing in life is certain.. ever.. except death anyways. I know in my heart and in my gut that this life and this decision is for me, but life has it’s own plans and we also change our minds over the course of time. At this point in my life and my practice it is my sincerest wish to live the life of a monk until my dying breath, only time will tell, who knows what the future holds.

#studentofthepath

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