For years, I’ve been thinking about how to become a monk.
I’ve always been curious about what the future holds for the profession, but there are many barriers to entry.
My mother and sister are both monks, but my father, who has been a monk for over a century, is not.
In many ways, being a monk has been my escape.
When I was young, my family would often go to the countryside to see their favorite Buddhist monks.
There, they would sit for hours and discuss the importance of monastic life.
I never thought I would be able to become one of them.
After I graduated high school, my parents had no choice but to make the difficult decision to move to Beijing to pursue my bachelor’s degree.
My parents worked hard to support me financially and my mother, a Chinese national, had to be at the office to do the same.
The only option for me was to stay in the country.
I was always taught that China’s monks are wealthy and privileged and therefore they should work hard.
It’s a very common notion in China.
But I found that I was not given the opportunity to study Buddhism as I was supposed to.
When I left the monastery, my mother said I would have to leave China.
My sister was also not given an opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s in Buddhism.
One of my parents is now in prison, and another is still in jail.
My father is currently in jail for violating a court order and his sister is in jail on trumped-up charges.
I am now facing the prospect of going to jail for at least 10 years if I am found guilty of a crime.
The government is trying to pressure me to stay or risk a prison sentence.
China has a strict social code that forbids most forms of non-religious activity.
The state-run China Daily newspaper once said, “We must prevent the spread of Buddhism among children, and not allow anyone to start their own religion.”
The country has a very strict religious law.
For example, if you take a vow of poverty and not work, you can be sentenced to death.
If you refuse to renounce your religion, you will be imprisoned.
And if you commit a sin, you could face the death penalty.
Even if you are able to study and practice Buddhism in China, you are not allowed to live a full life of quietude.
You can’t read, write or listen to music, so you have to live in a small space.
As a young monk, I would often spend my time sitting in a room, reading the scriptures and praying.
But after I completed my bachelor degree, I started to spend more time at home with my parents.
I also began to pray a lot.
In my family, there is a strong tradition of religious studies.
In my home, I studied Buddhism and eventually became a monk, but I never considered becoming a monk before becoming a college student.
When we went to China for my first semester of study, my father started teaching me the scriptures, which he did while in prison.
But he was arrested for several other offences.
The following year, he was sentenced to life in prison and he will be executed in 2018.
Despite the strict laws, I still had the freedom to live as a Buddhist.
My parents were supportive and I was given a chance to study Buddhist teachings.
Being a Buddhist is a good thing.
However, as a monk is a profession, you must have a very clear mind and a clear heart.
You must also be prepared to face any obstacle.
It is very important to know how to pray and read the scriptures.
To be a Buddhist, you have two things you must work for: to become rich and privileged, and to become free from sin.
Being rich and powerful is not easy.
To be free from sins is not an easy task.
You need to learn how to renounced your faith and to pray for your parents and sister.
You also have to be prepared for any hardships you might face.
There are so many obstacles, including a lack of basic education, the absence of a legal system and many other problems that are extremely hard for a young person.
Although my family has been supportive, I am not happy with the life I lead.
I would rather be an atheist, but it is a very difficult choice.
Buddhism teaches us to pray, not to pray.
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