What I know of monastic life consists of chants and prayers, sitting zazen, daily chores, eating and sleeping. It's pretty much busy-work to keep their mind off their life in an "idle hands are the devil's workshop" kind of way. How to fill the time is every teacher-master's nightmare. There is only so much to say, then there is getting it/doing it in ways that express/exhibit it while "holding body and soul together." It is boring beyond bearing. Beyond imagining. Beyond belief. And is only done for lack of anything better to do. The monastic life reminds me of the AA life. After sobriety, what? We go to meetings to stay sober to do what? Go to more meetings to stay sober. What are we doing with sobriety? What are we doing with spirituality? Self-realization-expression-exhibition. That is what our life is about. Self-realization-expression-exhibition. What are you doing, regularly, steadily, reliably that falls into the category of self-realization-expression-exhibition? That's it! Keep it up! Life is the opportunity for self-realization-expression-exhibition!