I just got back from a thee day visit to Tisarana Thai Forest Monastery. It was a lovely experience, at the same time it causes me to have questions. What happens when a meditator is no longer physically able to endure the rigorous routine of monastic ritual? Do they become less present and aware? Is this rigorous way of discipline really the way to transcend our conditioning? Are the perceptions and interpretations that are the foundation of their discipline and rules that guide them grounded in truth? Can we come to live a life of clear seeing in presence and awareness without this kind pf regiment? Can we come to live in a way that we are aware of the destructive consequences of our conditioning when we live with others who are not? Do we need to experience the monastic way, or something similar in order to rediscover liberation.