The Monk Who Left His Dazzling Israeli High-tech Career

The residents of this small Buddhist monastery in California abandoned promising careers and the idea of raising a family in favor of an ascetic existence – and happiness

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Monks at the Metta Forest Monastery.
Monks at the Metta Forest Monastery. Credit: Nancy Pastor
Tamar Marcovitz
Monks at the Metta Forest Monastery.Credit: Nancy Pastor
Yam's cabin in the forest. Three photos of monks and a photo of our parents hang on the walls.Credit: Nancy Pastor
Scenes from an ascetic life at Metta Forest.Credit: Nancy Pastor
The splendid, once-a-day repast prepared at the monastery every morning.Credit: Nancy Pastor
A monk at the Metta Forest Monastery having his one daily meal.Credit: Nancy Pastor
The monks at Metta Forest. Credit: Nancy Pastor
Yam and his mother embrace for the last time. Monks are forbidden from making any physical contact. Credit: Nancy Pastor
Monks at the Metta Forest Monastery. Credit: Nancy Pastor

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