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This January, in the bleak days of a New England winter, I was unemployed, mournfully alone, and having a bad hair day. It suddenly occurred to me that I could solve all of my problems by becoming a Buddhist nun.

I’ve been enamored of the contemplative life for as long as I can remember. I like quiet and study and certain kinds of prayer and meditation. The idea of chucking the workaday world of cocktail parties, jackhammers and emotionally limited men has always appealed to me, but in the past, there was always a good reason (job, husband, mortgage, etc.) to keep from entering into a committed spiritual life.

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