No fun. No sex. No booze. No hair. No eyebrows. Could a playboy adventurer like myself find enlightenment by binning life's materialism and becoming a Buddhist monk? Could a period of abstinence in the remote cloisters of a Thai monastery save the cankered soul from additional rot?
Zen training -- of which meditation is a key component -- is designed to produce people who can be effective in any situation. Far from the popular notions of tree hugging, Zen is rigorous and challenging.