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Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« on: September 24, 2016, 04:38:18 am »
Hi
Im Kris, and Im planning a longish trip to Asia starting in India Sept 2017

Id like to hear or read about anyone that has visited Nepal, Japan, Thailand India etc to live like a monk (whether or not they have taken vows)

I would love to practise and live the simple life in a monastery and would like to read any books you can recommend about that or tell me or point me to posts on this topic

Zen has been my biggest inspiration but really im interested in any place that puts an emphasis on meditation as opposed to reciting scriptures

Thanks :-)

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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2016, 10:45:34 am »
This young lady's blog of her time in Japanese monasteries is fun to read. She's back in the States again now -- http://thatssozen.blogspot.com/

If you've already been practicing with any zen teachers, they can likely connect you with places to practice in Japan. If you haven't then that would be the best way to start. Real Japanese practice is said to be pretty brutal for a beginner.

I never saw any need to go to to Japan, since i wasn't looking for a career as a teacher, and there are several good places to practice here in Northern California, such as the San Francisco Zen Center and Tasajara. There's also another Soto training center being developed here in Lower Lake, by Akiba Roshi, which is supposed to recreate all the forms found in Japan.

Here's where I trained for years while living in the Santa Cruz Mountains --http://www.jikoji.org/] [url]http://www.jikoji.org/[/url]  They are always looking for full time residents.
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at http://www.frogzen.com

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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2016, 10:53:42 am »
Oops, here's that link to Jikoji again for anyone who might be interested --http://www.jikoji.org/] [url]http://www.jikoji.org/[/url]
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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2016, 10:56:12 am »
WTF! Just google Jikoji Zen Center, CA
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at http://www.frogzen.com

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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2016, 11:04:56 am »
Thanks for the link. Ill have a read

I tried a zen place here in Spain, but  they celebrated the end of sesshin by eating fish (and kindly picking out the bits of fish from the pot for the newbies who were actually veggies) and drinking alcohol.
Sure they were an "official" group but the leader was very cultish and there was a weird vibe so ive steered clear. There was another group in France i looked into but again fish eaters. I just feel that goes against the basic precepts so ive continued practising on my own.
Im in Spain another year and there are some other Buddhist groups im gonna try out

Still interested to hear of others experiences in Asia :-)

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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2016, 11:17:24 am »
All the center's that I've done sesshins with here in California have been strict vegetarian. I don't know about Spain or Japan. Vanja Palmers, the head of the Jikoji lineage, is based in Switzerland. He's an animal rights proponent and strict vegetarian. You can google him too if you're interested. I like him a lot, although I've only done one sesshin with him.
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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 10:59:49 am »
Here's a good read about a Westerner in Japan --

http://www.cuke.com/ty&ok/ty-home.html
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at http://www.frogzen.com

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Re: Any books on westerners living in Asian monasteries?
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2016, 06:49:20 am »
Thanks for that. I found a copy second hand. (Cant pay over 20 quid for an ebook!)

 


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