At Sera, there were none of the desirable things of worldly life. From the perspective of most people, our food, clothes, and living conditions probably seemed very uncomfortable – rather miserable in fact. But the point of our lives was Dharma. All day and night were dedicated to Dharma activities. That was the purpose of the monk’s life. We derived great satisfaction from these things, even from a very young age. Our clothes were filthy and tattered, the food was modest and not very high quality, and the tea was little more than hot water. Everything was very difficult. Even boiling water required work. But the happiness and joy found in religious devotion carried us through.
~ Geshe Lhundub Sopa. Like A Waking Dream.