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  1. Monks in Orthodoxy are Sinners who want to be with Christ both in this life and in the future. Sinful sin-sick people who need a doctor for their soul and body. Sinners who want to acquire the Holy Spirit as Seraphim of Sarov said. Monasticism If you want to live a lifestyle ideally dedicated entirely to God. And those who have acquired the Holy Spirit experience joy and peace that no one and nothing can take away.

  2. To become a monk, you need to go to lectures on Buddhism, read, listen, develop yourself and your mind, according to the sayings of the Buddha. Root out the bad, cultivate virtue, and improve your mind. This can be done in many ways, including the Shaolin way: thanks to hard training, you can bring your body to perfection. But such martial arts define themselves as follows: to protect yourself without harming another.

    There is a monastic vow, including the initial monk's vow. While in a Buddhist monastery, we need to improve our practices, develop love and compassion and all the best that is in us.

  3. It's hard to say, but you can only understand it as a monk. Some moments are just to worry about. This is a spiritual work, a mystical experience.

    And so, if formally-it is, of course, restrictions, obedience. Entering a monastery, you voluntarily give up your desires, and the decisive role in such matters is already played by the confessor or abbot of the monastery. And of course, monasticism is a refusal to marry. This is a lifelong bachelor.

    Motivation is only spiritual, it is a complete conviction that all this is done not for the sake of some idea, but for the sake of pleasing God, serving him. There is help from the saints, from the Mother of God. Christ himself was unmarried and the Mother of God is the Most Pure Virgin, they understand how hard it is to live without a second half.

    Sometimes you feel that your hands are falling down, it is impossible to tolerate this lack of freedom — still the Lord sends his help and you feel the support of the Holy Spirit. A miracle happens, and the Lord shows that the monastery is your refuge, a ticket to paradise, and you feel with every fiber of your being that this is your home, and there can be no other way.

  4. Try reading Confessions of a Former Novice by Maria Kikot.
    She describes her experience in life in one of the Russian monasteries, the way of life, the differences between monasteries. Describes how many nuns in Russia who have not seen any other life at all, just smoothly flowed from orphanages at monasteries to monasticism.
    Explains how it happens that monks who devote themselves to God descend to stealing and lying (because they are very hungry and live very hard). How church bureaucracy and idolatry work in Russian monasteries.

    In the comments to her posts, there are many former and current nuns, novices, and clergymen who both agree with the description of Mary and disagree. You can build a fairly diverse picture of representations based on these texts.

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