On alms round in Newtown with some dear friends. Without shelter, robes, food, medicine and training it is not possible to live the Buddhist monastic life. Many Tibetan centres now charge Australian monastics (but not Tibetans, a practice never done in 2600 years of Buddhism), which makes it impossible for monastics to live on faith. Lobby your local centre to support monastics or sponsor one. In the Vajrayana tradition western monastics have a 65-75% disrobing rate. Western monastics contribute an example of the transcendent in a materialistic and suffering world. They alao give many free or almost free services to enrich the community, such as running centres, counselling, visiting schools, jails and following the example the Buddha set. Its not just enough to have Asian masters. If you’d like to offer land, a room or food see www.bodhicitta-vihara.com thanks!