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A day in the life of a monk

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Today we got the chance to live a day in the life of a buddhist monk it was a definite culture shock. We began our morning at 4 am. We walked to shaolin temple and met the monks in the temple thay they normally pray in each morning. The prayers lasted about an hour and consisted of standing, walking, bowing, and praying to buddha. I couldn't believe that the monks do that ritual every morning.

After the morning prayer we went to a small building for breakfast with the monks. We ate soup and bread. After breakfast we went to the courtyard and swept it for the monks. The monks were very appreciative of our help because they have to sweep the courtyard every morning. Our morning was really interesting and I learned a lot about monks by observing and participating in their daily routine. It was so cool to be able to see something so different and unique.

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2 comments:

Changing Connections said...

You are so correct in stating that by participating in something so different and unique you learn more. Hands on and on-site learning in a global environment with Discovery will spoil you for any other kind of travel, I suspect. Guess you can rule out at least one career pathway, right?

How do you think the monks view their daily routine? You may find it monotonous, but clearly they seem fit for the life they chose. What makes the difference?

RJ Stangherlin
PA DEN LC Blog Coordinator

Karen Wells said...

I think the monks are so used to their routine that it has become, well, routine. I know some of the other students said that uncle was anxious to get back to his job as you guys were leaving. Your last few weeks have been anything but routine. Karen Wells DSA South Africa

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 4th - 18th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture