Monk and Monasteries
A Day in the life of a Young Monk
5:00 AM-6:00 AM, Solo morning prayers and memorization of grammar and philosophic or prayer texts to take advantage of early morning clarity of mind 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM: Group morning practice such as smoke offering, Tara or Manjushri 7:00 AM-9:00 AM: Breakfast and break 9:00 AM -12:00 PM: Classes in writing, reading, grammar and ritual practices 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Lunch break 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Classes including reading, writing grammar and ritual practices 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Evening prayers, protector practices 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Dinner break 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Study and homework
On Saturday & Sunday the monks go out into the community, if invited, to offer prayers and practice. If not out in the community, Saturday is for cleaning and Saturday evening the monks are free to watch television. Sunday is a free day for relaxation and play. Morning and evening prayers are still observed on Saturday and Sunday.