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Where to live sky clad ?

Posted By Bruce J. Perry, Friday, December 18, 2009
where in canada or usa can a potential total renunciate go to live as a  'sky clad' aescetic?
any comments will be much appreciated.

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Justin Lundeen says...
Posted Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Bruce,

Jai Jinendra,

First of all, you will need an Acharya to take diksha (initiation) from in whatever sect you wish to become a sadhu (monk). Jain monks and nuns do not use planes, trains, cars, etc. They walk barefoot everywhere they go. If you really are interested in becoming a Digambara (sky clad) sadhu, I would suggest living a layman's life first and developing yourself as that, and then, if you are not satisfied, you should go to India and look for a Guru to learn from. Then, you will learn what it is like to lead the life of a sadhu, and if it is too much for you, you won't have to stay. If you like it, then you will take diksha.

I believe there are certain levels of Digambara renunciation. I think the first few, you still wear clothes, and then when you are totally unattached to everything, then you go sky clad. I could be wrong on that, though. Good luck!

Best Wishes,

Justin
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