Yong Fa wrote:I have a few questions about the five-year nissaya period that newly ordained bhikkhus undergo, during which they live in dependence on a teacher at a monastery.
1) Where are the origins of this practice in the Vinaya? Please provide a citation link if you can.
Yong Fa wrote:2) Does this recommendation come from the Buddha himself or from a later commentator?
Yong Fa wrote:3) What is done during these five years? Monks have told me that it involves the study of the patimokkha and suttas, and it is likely that one would also study Pali during this time. I am curious if there is anything else done in this period,
Yong Fa wrote:and why five years is allotted.
Yong Fa wrote:But it is interesting to also read that the Buddha did not allow people with seemingly benign characteristics to go forth, such as those with webbed fingers or "one who disgraced an assembly (by some deformity)." The Buddha seems to have been so accepting of people with regard to caste and social status, so I am curious as to why these stipulations on physical appearance are made. Is there an explanation for these from non-commentarial sources?
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