For a while now i have been wondering about how buddhist monks have time for their own practice. When i see buddhist monks like Ven. Yuttadhammo, Ajahn Brahm and Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi who contribute so much to the teaching of the dhamma and have set in motion so many initiatives like making videos, written books, teaching pali language, teaching on retreats etc. i wondered when and how they have time for their own practice?

Thank you for your time.



It is a part of their practice. Teaching the Dhamma helps one understand it better. The more one understands the Dhamma, the closer one gets to Nibbana. Besides, how do lay people find time for Dhamma while doing full time jobs? Monks don't do jobs. So they have plenty of time to both teach and meditate.

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  • Thanks Sankha. What if a monk who has students wanted to do a soletary retreat for some time e.g. 3-6 month. How can he do that if he has students? – Lanka Apr 28 '15 at 7:30
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    How can a prince who is expected to be the king leave everything(including his wife and newborn child) behind and go meditate in the forest for years? :) – Sankha Kulathantille Apr 28 '15 at 7:41
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    Renunciation. I understand now:) – Lanka Apr 28 '15 at 8:57

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