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”
Why Japan? There are good places outside Japan. Come to the United States and you can join any number of Zen retreats, like the Zen Center in San Francisco, following Suzuki Roshi, or Shasta Abby Soto Zen Center, following Jiyu Kennett Roshi. Easier to get in, you already speak the language, they don’t think westerners can’t learn Buddhism, no change of diet, dress or schedule. There are also Ch’an Temples such as Gold Mountain Monastery in San Francisco (you can tell I lived in California). All are welcoming. Probably the same is true in England or many other countries that are closer.
Take your time. And read “The Unborn”, about Zen Master Bankei. It expresses it very clearly. A sample at