Will the Real Chief Please Stand Up

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Will the Real Chief Please Stand Up

Postby plwk » Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:51 am

Since I became a bhikkhu more than 30 years ago, I have often been asked by local Buddhist devotees as well as foreign bhikkhus whether the “Chief High Priest of Malaysia and Singapore” was indeed the head of the whole Saṅgha in Malaysia and Singapore. Thai bhikkhus were more specific: “Is he the SaṅghaRāja of Malaysia?” they asked, according to their own understanding of the hierarchy of their national Saṅgha organisation, which is headed by a SaṅghaRāja.

Today, I found an interesting article (as excerpted above) posted on the facebook site of the Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia by Bhante Aggacitta on monastic titles. More on the article here
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.

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Re: Will the Real Chief Please Stand Up

Postby cooran » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:01 am

Very interesting, plwk. I only just got around to reading the article - but it was well worth it.

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