I live in Israel, eighteen years old, have read quiet about buddhism and especially zen buddhism. According to what I have read (including a book written by a monk) and seen (videos on that topic) i have decided that I want to live a humble life of a monk on a journey to enlightenment.
The question is how do i make it possible?
P.s. “Thanks in advance”
Start by learning Japanese and going to Japan, maybe?
But before that I suggest you should question why you want such a thing. The life of a monk is not an easy one. But more importantly, if enlightenment was only available to people who can give up their lives to live in a monastery or a cave, it wouldn’t be much use would it? As Charlotte Joko Beck said, you must learn how ‘chop wood, carry water’ can somehow become, ‘make love, drive freeway’.
I believe that enlightenment is available to all and that your current life can provide you with more than enough opportunities and lessons to make the ‘journey’ you desire. What you need is here and now. Why seek elsewhere?
Ultimately, if you cannot attain enlightenment where you are, what on Earth makes you think going somewhere else will make a difference?