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When someone world 'accidentally' arrive in the forest Ashram, my person whould at first very direct ask in such way.

To increase mindfulness, to give door to reflect, to give an opening for awareness and to protect a little from improper, often usually ways. At least it's easier to give when knowing from where, and desiring toward what.

Maybe some here might generously give a share for other, food for good thought, or wishing to pay proper respect, trade by giving for relation, let others know about one, work against stinginess for liberation by it.

At least, it protects others from possible incorrect regard, if letting know face, age, gender, state of practice (sila, livelihood) and allows to proper estimated ones answers, questions.

So why are you here? What are you looking for? Who's your teacher? What are you desiring, searching, for?

(of course there might no right or not good answer, and it's 'personal', a gift one could give. Maybe the caretaker here, aside of starting as sample, like to put it as a sticky question.)

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Hello Samana,

My person is female, 25 years of age, and lives in the United States (for now). Currently the only teachers I know are (well, the Buddha himself, through his teachings; and) some of his disciples, both passed and contemporary, through their literature.

I am “here” (on the Path) because it is all there is. Nothing else in any of the three realms is substantial. I seek nothing, and therefore gain what it is I seek.

I am “here” (on ask.sirimangalo) because I found Bhante’s YouTube recently while researching some things about the monk lifestyle, and wanted to be able to ask you all, more learned ones, for insight.

In less than two weeks I am leaving all of my old lifestyle behind - family, friends, worldly commitments (belongings are already gone) - first to practice meditation more out in the land, with nothing (well, I have a relative in the desert who is going to let me take shelter with her). One day I would like to ordain but first I am challenging myself before I take the vow…

What about you Samana?
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I did a similar thing that you are attempting to do when I was a bit younger than you are now and it was one of the most peaceful times of my life.

I would just point out as some friendly advice that it is wise to observe your mind and thoughts and to be careful of extremes.
Remember the middle way.
If you are running away from something or running to something hoping for a better life it is not a good motivation.

Becoming an ordained member of the sangha does not automatically release us from Dukkha either, all it does is give us more time and opportunity to deal with kleshas and work towards cessation/liberation.
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Sadhu for the generosity letting others know a little obout one, good householder.
by (260 points)
Thank you, remyla! This is always good advice.
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What about you Samana?

Some conventional food can be found here.

Why "taking birth" here in this realm: previous just searching for Bhantes dwelling, as on lay disciple possible lives here, and to encourage a little to seek for either maintaining 'Buddha-fields' proper, or to seek out for proper realms, areas inwardly and outwardly which are called puñña kiriya vatthu, border-lands with access to the Noble Domain. That's done by taking leave in trust that welcome and usually woukdn't last long, as seldom pleasing or proper to dwell outside.

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Thank you, Samana. Good to know a little about you. I would also like to say, I know there are many languages spoken here, so sometimes it becomes difficult to understand and gain meaning from what others’ posts say; do you use an online translator interface to post in English?
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It would be not possible to use algorithmics to translate. Understanding requires proper attention.
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