Renounce or Stay Home

Yutang Lin

Which would be better, to renounce or stay home?
The main consideration is where one could do real practice.
Temples could hardly avoid all sorts of social functions;
Not feeling bothered in worldly life means free from worries.


Someone asked which would be better for practice, to become a monk or to stay home? My idea is that it all depends on where one could do serious practice. Some people after joining some temple or school become very busy with so-called "Dharma activities" that they dont have time for practice in leisure. One who stays in the world and remains free from discord would be close to being far away from sorrows.

Written in Chinese: November 14, 1998
Translated: August 30, 1999
El Cerrito, California

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