I figured I would try to give a brief account of my time as a Samanera at Suji Gu temple Korea or as I like to call it Our Lady of Extreme Discipline. My experiences are not meant to be a generalization of Zen or Temple life in Korea. Most Korean Zen focuses on koan practice but as the monks I stayed with couldn't speak english well I ended up just sitting which is good because I lost faith in koan system when the monks offered to give me the answers to koans for cigarets. The abbot at the temple was worse then my Irish Catholic Gran when it came to beatings. He liked to cary a very huge stick to hit the monks whenever a mistake was made. I made many, so I got quite a few bruises. When I first presented myself to the abbot who I met through a teaching friend. I offered him a letter my friend wrote in hangul stating my desire to become a monk. I gave him the letter with one hand which was a big no no. BAM!!! like a ninja from some anime his stick came out of nowhere and hit me on the top of the head. The daily schedule was wake up at 3 meditate until 5 then Chanting or in my case mumbling along because none of the texts had transliteration or translation. This was Done until 6 am after which we had a silent meal. We had a meditation from 7-8 am followed by interviews with the abbot. The translator was a student at my school and was not well versed in english so I don't know how much info got through. Half the answers I received I didn't no if they were koans or random sayings. Like once I was told "an orange taste good after dawn" After 1 month I started hearing all these mystical stories of monks who could float or saw bohdisatvas and heaven. I started to want some mystical experience then after another month of boring painful sitting I realized that zen is boring as all hell but it allowed me to be fully aware of the present moment and I was able to carry all of that out into my daily life. After meditation I was able to sleep because to keep my visa I had to teach from 5pm-1pm. Weekends I helped with chores or we visited other temples. I kept up this schedule until my visa expired and returned my robes and went home. I liked my time at the temple but due to cultural differences I realize I could not make a life commitment there. I tried to keep this as short as possible so I omitted stuff if you are curious about my stay feel free to ask.