Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

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Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby Jhana4 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:25 pm

Someone on a local mailing list recently posted a link to ATI about how to interact with monks, what their rules are, etc. Disappointingly, it turned out to be a whole book. Something I don't have time for. Is there a SHORT guide that just covers most things to be aware of?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Sep 03, 2013 2:59 pm

Be mindful :)
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby Jhana4 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:03 pm

Yes that is short.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:26 pm

It might be better to ask what kind of dealing with monks you had in mind.
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby Jhana4 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:03 pm

What questions you can ask them,
What topics of conversation you can bring up,
What is expected that you do for them and not, etc
to start things off
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby cooran » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:31 pm

Hello Jhana4,

Attend a local vihara and take note of how the other lay people behave towards the monks in both formal and non-formal situations.

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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby appicchato » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:55 pm

cooran wrote:Attend a local vihara and take note of how the other lay people behave towards the monks in both formal and non-formal situations.


+1...in addition, ask them (the monks) the same questions you've presented in the above...
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby chownah » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:39 am

Jhana4 wrote:What questions you can ask them,
What topics of conversation you can bring up,
What is expected that you do for them and not, etc
to start things off

In terms of conversation, somewhere in the sutras is a list of topics of conversation which are suitable for monks conversing with monks. Maybe someone knows where that sutta is. I am not saying that you need to stick with only things on that list but it might give you some insight into what things are best.....maybe not......
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Re: Dealing With Monks: A Short Guide?

Postby baker » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:02 am

A sit a day keeps the dukkha away ... should help anyway, I'll give it a try.
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