In 2008 I sold all my belongings, threw what I needed in a bag and ended up spending half a year in a buddhist monastery in Nepal. AMA.
Well I am quite overwhelmed by how well this was received. Had a really great time answering your questions reddit. Take care.
I was set to study engineering but my then girlfriend broke up.
My previous plan of becoming a soldier (I hoped to qualify for special forces selection in the German Federal Army) was shattered during my medical examination (eyes) so I was really fed up with life in general. I managed to scrape together some 2000 Euros by putting all my belongings on ebay. Two weeks later I was off to India where, with two of my friends, we set out to look for spiritual teachings to find true meaning in our lives. After a long search for instructions and a proper teacher we ended up in a small monastery a bit outside of Kathmandu.
Here is a picture of my friend at dawn after "morning" meditation. Ask away.
Better late than never: Proof! (as suggested by Vampyroteuthidae)
I am a medicine student now.
How to meditate: I suggest anyone interested to read up on shamatha meditation.
Women are just as welcome as men.
I am not batman.
Meaning of life I found for myself: After a huge amount of thinking about if a self, an I truly exists, everything fell into place. Our belief in an inherent self is what drives us into selfishness and suffering. Since then I try to be selfless and help those I can. It´s what makes me happy, and maybe one day, my practice will bring me to a level of insight that might allow me to teach the lessons on the nature of mind to those that feel they could benefit from them.
EDIT 1: it´s 3.30 am here, I will get some sleep now. Keep posting your questions, I promise I´ll answer them all! Good night!
EDIT 2: Unfortunately I still can´t get a picture of my passport. Any ideas to provide proof is welcome.
EDIT 3: Please feel free to pm me if I missed your question.
EDIT 4: Format, FAQs.