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Title: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: skwirrelboi on November 07, 2017, 09:13:26 pm
Hi, please help me out with recommendations. I'm 18 years old male with a cat (spirit animal ally) and I want to experience existence outside the mechanisms of modern society (and people's drama and imbalances) for at least a year, ideally much longer. If there were Native American tribes living the life the ancient ways I would join them, but it's much different now, this is why I seek assistance. I really don't want to adventure on my own, would prefer to be part of a community. I also seek spiritual relief from adults/elders. Thank you !!!!







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Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: philboyd on November 07, 2017, 10:23:19 pm
Study and practice of Four Truths and Noble Eightfold Path as taught by the Buddha can be ungridifying.
Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: ground on November 08, 2017, 01:51:16 am
Where there are people there are people's drama and imbalances.  :fu:
Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: Rahul on November 08, 2017, 04:08:21 am
Some places in Thailand have communes of monks following forest tradition. You can pay a nominal fee and stay with the monks and experience monastic life. You can commit to live like a monk for a limited period of one week or one month.

https://www.travelfish.org/beginners_detail/thailand/133 (https://www.travelfish.org/beginners_detail/thailand/133)

http://www.kammatthana.com/a_guide_to_buddhist_monasteries_.htm (http://www.kammatthana.com/a_guide_to_buddhist_monasteries_.htm)

http://knowledgetrotter.com/find-courses/thailand/learn-meditation-in-thailand/ (http://knowledgetrotter.com/find-courses/thailand/learn-meditation-in-thailand/)

Other options: Eskimos in northern territories of Canada, nomads of Mongolia, tribes in Africa and Amazon... Depends on your budget. You may even consider going to Dharamshala in India and live in a monastery there.
Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: skwirrelboi on November 08, 2017, 09:31:51 pm
Some places in Thailand have communes of monks following forest tradition. You can pay a nominal fee and stay with the monks and experience monastic life. You can commit to live like a monk for a limited period of one week or one month.

[url]https://www.travelfish.org/beginners_detail/thailand/133[/url] ([url]https://www.travelfish.org/beginners_detail/thailand/133[/url])

[url]http://www.kammatthana.com/a_guide_to_buddhist_monasteries_.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.kammatthana.com/a_guide_to_buddhist_monasteries_.htm[/url])

[url]http://knowledgetrotter.com/find-courses/thailand/learn-meditation-in-thailand/[/url] ([url]http://knowledgetrotter.com/find-courses/thailand/learn-meditation-in-thailand/[/url])

Other options: Eskimos in northern territories of Canada, nomads of Mongolia, tribes in Africa and Amazon... Depends on your budget. You may even consider going to Dharamshala in India and live in a monastery there.


Thank you for your input ! I really want to join a community like the one you mention in Thailand. I've also thought of Mongolia, it's so cold there though. I've been considering a couple of tribes in South America, they're more organized than ever down there so it's not too hard to get ahold of them.

I guess my dream is still to find such a community here in America. Don't want to go too far from the land of my ancestors (I'm mostly Native American), but at the same time I know about incarnations so it's not like I belong to this land only. I just want to embark on this journey asap and don't want to do it on my own cuz I'm really just a skinny kid, mostly brains with little brawn, but I gotta do it no matter what hopefully before year's end.

Thanks !!!

I'm open to more ideas and suggestions !!!





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Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: skwirrelboi on November 09, 2017, 12:44:20 am
Where there are people there are people's drama and imbalances.  :fu:

There's much more drama in an American city, I am positive the Western societies and the struggle that entails to live here, not to mention oppression (having to work or go to school full time, social obligations, excessive technology, poor entertainment) can make human life extraordinarily more prone to emotional and chemical imbalances, not to mention regular use of alcohol or prescription medications. And all of these are issues of pretty much every American family.

I don't think is impossible or unpleasant to live in the Western world, I just need something more grand at this point of my life. I hope to gain much more clarity if I live the simplicity of a tribal/monk existence, and then I can come back to America and apply my understanding to my work here.

Long answer.. I disagree with you in the point that all humans immediately generate drama and imbalances. I believe this to be a phenomenon of this modern world with all its paradigms and concepts, such as taxes, licenses, bills, mortgages, poverty, separation from nature, just to mention a few. Thanks for taking the time to read my reply.





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Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: skwirrelboi on November 10, 2017, 06:42:32 pm
Thanks again for all your recommendations ! I am heavily considering Thailand (the land of Siam; my cat is a Siamese )

Any commune or community or tribe I could join here in America? I am located on west coast however I can travel anywhere. I'm an excellent medicine man and animal/spirit communicator. I'm a singer too here with a couple of bands (will miss playing in bands but it's all good).

Thanks in advance for your help


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Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: ground on November 11, 2017, 11:31:14 pm

Long answer.. I disagree with you in the point that all humans immediately generate drama and imbalances. I believe this to be a phenomenon of this modern world with all its paradigms and concepts, such as taxes, licenses, bills, mortgages, poverty, separation from nature, just to mention a few. Thanks for taking the time to read my reply.
Never mind. Most people have to go into wrong directions to find out what the issue really is. It is the commmon view to expect the issue in external conditions.  :fu:
Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: skwirrelboi on November 12, 2017, 04:03:15 pm

Long answer.. I disagree with you in the point that all humans immediately generate drama and imbalances. I believe this to be a phenomenon of this modern world with all its paradigms and concepts, such as taxes, licenses, bills, mortgages, poverty, separation from nature, just to mention a few. Thanks for taking the time to read my reply.
Never mind. Most people have to go into wrong directions to find out what the issue really is. It is the commmon view to expect the issue in external conditions.  :fu:

Yes I see what you mean, thank you for that insight. It's true, I'm the one with issues and all I really want is escape and live like the animals with the animals, which I understand it's not a concrete or realistic line of thought; what I seek seems to not exist on this planet. Again thank you. I mean if everything was fine and dandy with my life I wouldn't need to desire a way of life that is contrary to the dominant Europid culture. I'll open myself to higher thought and influence from the universe, whatever is best for me.






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Title: Re: Communes to live off the grid existence
Post by: ground on November 12, 2017, 11:58:42 pm

Long answer.. I disagree with you in the point that all humans immediately generate drama and imbalances. I believe this to be a phenomenon of this modern world with all its paradigms and concepts, such as taxes, licenses, bills, mortgages, poverty, separation from nature, just to mention a few. Thanks for taking the time to read my reply.
Never mind. Most people have to go into wrong directions to find out what the issue really is. It is the commmon view to expect the issue in external conditions.  :fu:

Yes I see what you mean, thank you for that insight. It's true, I'm the one with issues and all I really want is escape and live like the animals with the animals, which I understand it's not a concrete or realistic line of thought; what I seek seems to not exist on this planet. Again thank you. I mean if everything was fine and dandy with my life I wouldn't need to desire a way of life that is contrary to the dominant Europid culture. I'll open myself to higher thought and influence from the universe, whatever is best for me.

I did not intend to say that external conditions can be totally neglected. But the issue is one's own involvement, one's own psycho-mental entanglement with external conditions, that fact that one's own thinking and feeling and perceiving is conditioned by the group of people and their habits one associates with and lives together with. Because of this involvement/entanglement the issue primarily is connected with oneself and not with external conditions.
Now trying to get rid of one's involvement/entanglement some think the solution is to change the kind of people one associates with. And of course that may be useful to some extent. But the basic issue stays the same: if one joins a buddhist communitiy one will start to think and feel and perceive like buddhists do. The quality of involvement/entanglement changes but the involvement/entanglement still is there. Having had the problems of involvement/entanglement in consumerist society before one then will have the problems of involvement/entanglement in buddhist community. Still problems and no liberation and peace.  Or if one keeps on living a comsumerist life but in addition joins a budddhist community one will have additional problems. Still problems and no liberation and peace. Being aware of this basic conditionedness is essential because nothing is truly the way it appears to oneself but the way it appears to oneself is the result of one's own conditionedness or involvement/entanglement.  :fu:

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