This is good advice, but to be fair it’s far easier for monks to rid themselves of stress. They remove themselves from society for the most part. They give up possessions and all of their money so they don’t have to worry about working extra hours at a job you hate to get a car fixed that barely runs so you can survive and feed your family and little else.
They don’t have to deal with as much bullshit as the average person. It’s easier for them to shed the mantle of stress, depression, frustration and sadness than the other people of the world who are not Buddhist monks. We have to constantly deal with people and situations that we can’t control or thrust things from our lives that we enjoy if we wish to support our families. We wouldn’t do this if we didn’t have to.
Buddhist monks typically don’t accept money or any other form of payment…however, where do they get their iphones? When I was at work a few months ago there were six or seven of them getting iphones/laptops. Apple doesn’t give that shit away. The money got in their pockets SOMEHOW. Want to know why?
They live off of donations and being tax exempt as a bona fide faith. They don’t really have to do anything but sit on their money if they so choose. That’s more than most of us can do and not be homeless, sick or dead.
I’m not criticizing the philosophy/religion’s validity or of their lessons at all. I think it is one of the most respectable religions in the whole world. I’m just pointing out that they are so far removed from us that they forget what it is like to have your nose to the grindstone for so long you have to touch your nose from time to time to make sure it’s still there. (Speaking metaphorically,of course)
I’m sure they have their own problems that are just as real, but from where I’m sitting at the base of the mountain they seem very small indeed.