One of the greatest honors available to the young men of Thailand and Nepal is the opportunity to serve in the monk hood. Often families will encourage their sons to spend a few months in a monastery in contemplation, reflection simplicity and discipline to gain wisdom and insight before embarking on their life journey. Here at Three Leaf we would like to offer you the opportunity to experience the meditative lifestyle of simplicity discipline and contemplation by living as a contemporative monastic member of the Vaisnava tradition.
From the pre-dawn early morning worship, meditation and reflection, through classes on the ancient Vedic literature to engagement in seva (selfless service), you will spend the weekend immersed in bhakti-yoga or devotional service doing a range of things from cleaning pots and mopping floors to mucking out the cows or chopping vegetables.
During the meals you will have the opportunity to meet, talk and interact with community members from other countries and other states. There will be a chance to go on a herb walk and learn about the role of plants as medicine and make a herbal preparation. You will also learn how to make, prepare and offer a vegetarian meal in the Vaisnava tradition and in the evening join the community in traditional Indian call and response music of bhajans and kirtan, around a bonfire.
There are ample opportunities to ask questions and browse the extensive library of Vedic literature, which includes the Bhagavad-gita as it is. Take the time in an environment free from the distractions of technology, traffic and the chaos of humanity immersed in the peaceful natural beauty of the valley, to go deeper into oneself and reflect on the nature of life, the universe and everything.