On Friday 28th September, Year 12 & 13 PRE students visited Amaravati Buddhist Monastery to meet a Buddhist nun and experience what life is really like as a monastic. Buddhism makes up a third of the course so this experience is essential to their understanding, gaining an insight that books can’t rival. Here’s what they had to say about the day…

“I had an amazing day and really enjoyed gaining a proper insight to the lifestyles of Buddhist Monks and Nuns”

“It helped me to truly understand how the monks and nuns lived. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to everyone!”

“Overall the experience was really good, allowing me to see many practices in real life. It meant I have a deeper understanding of how monastics view the Buddha’s teachings, so can develop essays further”

“I found it helpful to put what we have learnt into practice. It was interesting seeing how different people live their lives. Meditation helped you realise how difficult it is to perfect these practices and makes you appreciate what others can teach themselves to do.

“I really enjoyed the trip and found the atmosphere very calming and enjoyable. I also feel like hearing from a Buddhist nun gave me a deeper understanding of what we’ve learnt in the classroom and of how they live each day. It’s definitely something I would research further and revisit again”