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Old 02-22-2016, 12:00 AM
 
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I know for a fact that thailand, macao, laos,.... have so many buddhist monastery where people spend their time hanging out with themselves to pray and practices. But can a western guy sign in to one of these monasteries and stay there?!
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:38 PM
 
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I know for a fact that thailand, macao, laos,.... have so many buddhist monastery where people spend their time hanging out with themselves to pray and practices. But can a western guy sign in to one of these monasteries and stay there?!
You should read the book "Phra Farang." http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/009...=1&*entries*=0. My sense is that this is NOT an alternate path to a getting permanent residency visa, which is what your last sentence implies you are after.
Too many westerners tried doing that in the past and now the countries have cracked down on it.
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Old 02-23-2016, 11:11 AM
 
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In Thailand
Wat Pah Nanachat
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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You're watching tooooo many movies.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:22 PM
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Thurman

Maybe this will answer your question. If you watch movies, you probably know his daughter, although he is one of the top Tibetologists in the US.
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Old 02-26-2016, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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It's not unheard of, but also not very common, or necessarily easy.

Do you have any idea how many Euro/American backpackers who smoked some good weed or opium while trekking through Thailand or Cambodia would be clogging up monasteries, spouting off half-baked nothings about oneness inbetween bong sessions, if they were allowed to do so?

One of my friends from jr. high/high school, whose parents were kind of hippies, got really into Buddhism and got past the 90's stoner-Buddhist phase, started going to a local temple, went to NYU for religious studies, learned Mandarin and Cantonese, and was invited by a temple in the specific denomination he subscribes to as a religious scholar... he's lived back and forth between there and the US for almost a decade now. If you want to get a visa to stay there, that's about what it requires.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:10 AM
 
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It's not unheard of, but also not very common, or necessarily easy.

Do you have any idea how many Euro/American backpackers who smoked some good weed or opium while trekking through Thailand or Cambodia would be clogging up monasteries, spouting off half-baked nothings about oneness inbetween bong sessions, if they were allowed to do so?

One of my friends from jr. high/high school, whose parents were kind of hippies, got really into Buddhism and got past the 90's stoner-Buddhist phase, started going to a local temple, went to NYU for religious studies, learned Mandarin and Cantonese, and was invited by a temple in the specific denomination he subscribes to as a religious scholar... he's lived back and forth between there and the US for almost a decade now. If you want to get a visa to stay there, that's about what it requires.
Very well said. Though I know little about buddhism, the few books by westerners that I have read on the subject validate your post 100%.

Monasteries are very fragile places whose disciplined way of life can be severely disrupted by even a small number of sprititual "drifters". And that includes spiritual drifters who take the form of either stoners who dont understand the word "discipline" or "obediance" in any language or over zealous converts who tend to burn out after freaking out.

I know of one Catholic monastery that experienced a very severe disuption and almost internally collapsed when they became open to affiliate hippy "monks" whose idea of monastacism was: One part hostel living (+) One part weed. Likewise, I read that a Greek Orthodox monastery has had to boot convert nuns whose conversion bordered on militancy and who were bent on recreating all aspects of say, 10th century Greece.

I dont see why buddhist monasteries would be any different.... .

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Old 03-15-2016, 10:41 PM
 
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I know for a fact that thailand, macao, laos,.... have so many buddhist monastery where people spend their time hanging out with themselves to pray and practices. But can a western guy sign in to one of these monasteries and stay there?!
Please don't mingle with them. The Asian monks are known to be unproductive. Their sole duty is to spread superstitions now.

Besides, you don't hang out alone there. "They teach you how to hang alone yourself."

Please stay away from them other than for your entertaining purposes.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:52 AM
 
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I know for a fact that thailand, macao, laos,.... have so many buddhist monastery where people spend their time hanging out with themselves to pray and practices. But can a western guy sign in to one of these monasteries and stay there?!
Thailand or Myanmar are the cheapest, and seems to attract most of those 'lost souls with money and time on their hands'....Thailand in particular, like to attract a lot of those westerners who don't know anything about Buddhism, but like the idea of it.

I've also seen it in Japan and Korea..but a different calibre of foreigner. They usually attract people much deeper into Buddhism, but really any country can do that. It's just that THailand attracts a lot of the same kinds of people who buy chinese tattooes but don't know what it says, etc.

Macao is one of the few places I haven't seen it in. I can't think of any Buddhist Monasteries here, there is a Catholic one here though.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:30 AM
 
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You should not pay any single cent for signing in any monasteries.
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