I'd like to spend some time with the budhist monks (maybe become one) for a year or two.
If possible I'd like the monastary to be a place up high in the mountains where I can find some peace of mind and maybe find the answer as to what my purpose in life is.
I do sports so a martial arts place is no problem, but a place where they only meditate is ok for me as well.
If you need to meet budhist monks you can visit to Srilanka. They have so many budhist temples there. They are kind of conservative. You can even visit to Tibet. But if you are seeking for filmy type monks, I have no clue.
Honestly - and please don't let this discourage you, as it's a good thing - peace of mind comes from where you are internally, not where you are externally. When you can develop internal peace of mind, anywhere you are is your monastery.
I would suggest trying mindfulness practice to see if that helps with your peace of mind, especially if you are able to find a teacher in your area versed in mindfulness.
My advice would be to start local. Visit and talk to sanghas in your area and find which teachings you enjoy. There are a variety of branches, so narrowing down will help. In a spiritual journey, many of us feel the need to spend time "away" from our everyday lives. It's a way that we break some cycles we have developed. I definitely understand wanting to do this.
Here's a link to the largest Buddhist directory I've ever found online. Enjoy.
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