A monk came to say good bye to Ch'an master Niaowo (Bird's Nest). He said:
-Thank you, Sir, for everything you've done for me. Now I got to go.
-Where will you go?
-Any place where I can learn Buddha dharmas.
When you begin to see yourself as a stranger in a strange land and belongeth not to the empire (all hail, ha ha ha) you find that you "render unto Caesar what is Caesars and unto God what is Gods." You begin to live the life interior upon which all manifestation plays out, yet on the outside "when in Rome do as the Romans do."