Following the Path to Becoming a Buddhist Monk

September 19, 2004

Source: The Gainesville Sun

On September 19, 2004 The Gainesville Sun reported, "as we turn 50, we become acutely aware that we are running out of time. David Bole's response to that awareness was to embark on a journey of the mind, a journey that placed him in a 3-foot-by-3-foot box 14 to 16 hours a day. In November 2000, Bole, a Gainesville acupuncturist, left for a Buddhist retreat at a meditation center in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York - a retreat that lasted for three years, three months and three days. Traditional retreats such as this are practiced among a small percentage of monks who practice the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the spiritual path Bole has followed in this country for 20 years."