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How does it feel to be a monk or a nun? | Ajahn Brahm

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    How do you feel being the ordained persons?
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    Should we also take ordination?
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    Being an ordained person, you feel free,
    at peace, oh so happy!
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    That's actually true that when I first became a monk,
    how long ago, 37 years ago,
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    I had nightmares.
    This is true.
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    I'd wake up in a sweat,
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    in my nightmare, this is no exaggeration,
    this is how much I really, really wanted to be a monk.
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    My nightmare was I was a lay person.
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    I thought I wasn't a monk after all.
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    And I'd open my eyes and I'd see
    my robes next to the bed.
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    Ah, I'm a monk! I really am a monk!
    [laughter]
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    And I'd just go to sleep in this
    very peaceful deep sleep.
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    And that was about for a week.
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    That's how much I really loved being
    a monk and I never looked back.
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    So that was my nightmare.
    I was terrified that I wasn't a monk.
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    So happy that I was a monk.
    So it's a great thing to be!
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    So that's how I feel being
    an ordained person.
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    I don't know why many of you don't do it.
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    Actually there's a problem now because
    we've got too many people wanting to become monks.
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    So even just this evening, one Sri Lankan person,
    a monk, wanted to come and visit for
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    the rains, had to tell the secretary, we've got no space.
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    There's another young man who wanted
    to become a monk, can't do it.
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    There's now too many people on the waiting list.
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    So should you also take ordination?
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    Yeah, take ordination but please build some
    more huts for the nuns and the monks first of all.
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    [laughter]
    So we've got a place to stay.
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    So it really is a great thing to do.
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    I don't know, maybe because of the
    global financial crisis that people are bankrupt
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    [laughter] they're becoming monks to
    escape the tax man and everybody else.
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    I don't know.
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    But anyway, that's how I feel about being ordained.
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    So who amongst the Bhikkhunis
    are going to answer the question?
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    How do you feel?
    Okay, Bhikkhuni Satyamma.
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    How do you feel about being..?
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    Bhikkhuni Satima: I feel great.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Very good, no, come on,
    you've got to do it on the...
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    Here we go.
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    This is Bhikkhuni Satima here,
    how she feels being a Bhikkhuni.
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    Bhikkhuni Satima: I feel great, I felt the same
    too when I became a Bhikkhuni.
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    That was, I think I was radiating with joy
    so much that I was at the airport and the
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    flight attendant came up to me and says,
    Venerable, you can board the plane first.
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    So that was the first time that something like that happened too.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Very good.
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    Bhikkhuni Satima: So that was...
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    Ajahn Brahm: One of the privileges you get.
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    Bhikkhuni Satima: Privileges, yes.
    [Laughter]
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    Another Bhikkhuni: I feel similarly,
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    I can't say that, you know,
    it's all peace and joy all the time.
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    I brought my defilements with me.
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    But I just,
    this is absolutely how I want to live.
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    Ajahn Brahm: How long have you been a Bhikkhuni now?
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    Bhikkhuni: Since 2003.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Wow, that's eight, nine years.
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    Bhikkhuni: Something like that.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Very good.
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    Bhikkhuni: But it's just a wonderful thing.
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    I'm just incredibly, it goes beyond grateful.
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    I'm astounded that I get to do this.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Very good.
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    Bhikkhuni Nirodha,
    want to have a go?
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    Bhikkhuni: I just want to add
    whether anyone else should do it.
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    It takes huge commitment.
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    I think there's a phase in people's practice
    as lay people that they have kind of
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    this idea, maybe they'd like to ordain.
    I think it's a beautiful phase.
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    But it takes huge commitment.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Just like a marriage,
    but it's much more fun than being married.
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    [laughter]
    Bhikkhuni: Precisely.
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    Bhikkhuni Nirodha: I can't imagine doing
    anything else or being anything else.
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    So just a tremendous sense of gratitude
    to the Buddha and to everybody else who helped
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    to bring these ordinations about.
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    So it's not only just a Bhikkhuni ordination.
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    First you ordain as a Samaneri, as an Anagarika,
    then as a Samaneri, then as a Bhikkhuni.
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    So for me it's the culmination
    of many aspirations.
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    And I wish everybody else
    would be able to do it.
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    And I can't think of anything else,
    what I would like to do right now.
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    Thank you very much.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Are you going to ordain?
    [far from mic]
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    Attendant: I hope so.
    [laughter]
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    Ajahn Brahm: Are you going to ordain?
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    Attendant: I would like to, I'd encourage it.
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    Ajahn Brahm: Very good, very good.
    [laughter]
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    I knew that answer because
    he's coming to monastery.
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    So it's very, very good.
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    And one of the great benefits of being a monk
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    is because we don't have kids, we lessen the
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    population of the world, so it means
    we're helping with stopping climate change.
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    The biggest problem with climate change is
    too big population,
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    so I really want sort-of to have
    the laws in Australia and other countries
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    that every other man, 50% of men
    have to become monks for life [laughter]
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    and 50% of the girls have to become
    nuns and that way the population will
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    go down, no climate change,
    we'll save the world [laughter]
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    [Ajahn chuckles] What are you laughing at?
    That's actually serious.
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    No, anyway, could you please...
Title:
How does it feel to be a monk or a nun? | Ajahn Brahm
Description:

Ajahn Brahm and the nuns on his meditation retreat talk about their feelings about being ordained.

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Video Language:
English
Team:
Buddhist Society of Western Australia
Project:
Dhamma Shorts
Duration:
05:55

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