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Why does a monk avoid a stump?

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mal4mac
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Why does a monk avoid a stump?

Postby mal4mac » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:14 pm

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

"[5] And what are the fermentations to be abandoned by avoiding? There is the case where a monk, reflecting appropriately, avoids a wild elephant, a wild horse, a wild bull, a wild dog, a snake, a stump..."

Might it hide a snake? Is it because it's an unsuitable seat? If so, why is it unsuitable? What seats are unsuitable?
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Re: Why does a monk avoid a stump?

Postby daverupa » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:27 pm

I think the only unsuitable seats in the Vinaya involve whether it's conducive to having lewd words or other such actions with someone in private. No reason why a stump falls into those categories.

Given that it's surrounded by a context of natural danger, I expect some measure of defense from creepy-crawlies being the motive. Perhaps sitting on stumps can kill plant life such as toadstools?

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Re: Why does a monk avoid a stump?

Postby mal4mac » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:59 pm

Might this be a "fermentation to be abandoned by seeing"?

"Avoid a snake? Save a toadstool?" Let it go... Then again, it is the word of the Buddha, so we should try hard to know!

I think I'll let it go... for now...
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Re: Why does a monk avoid a stump?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:30 pm

• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Why does a monk avoid a stump?

Postby gavesako » Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:14 pm

One could paraphrase and say that a bhikkhu should avoid unnecessary dangers which might damage his good health which is a necessary condition for a continued practice of the holy life.
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Re: Why does a monk avoid a stump?

Postby Doshin » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:43 pm

Knowing about dhamma, does not imply knowing dhamma


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