It has now been 13 years since I balanced the duality of a monastic and a academic life and I have several key observations to share.
Values of Celibacy As a Monk
First, my on-going celibacy is the most dramatic hall mark of difference in my life amongst the secular laity.
I have come to realize also that it is linked to the tradition to serve the community without reservation.
It is also to expand my spirituality to its utmost limit and fully present the demonstration of the values of the Buddha’s teaching.
Monastic life has a distinctive appeal for me and answers to my inner longings since childhood. As a result, in the beginning of monastic life, choosing to study in college was not an easy decision. I have to weigh up what my master would say, and how the Buddhist community would judge me if I go to college.