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anagarika questions

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:25 pm
by befriend
can you have a job and be an anagarika? what kind of bed do you sleep on? can I still wear scented deodorant? can I read the newspaper? are all television shows even documentaries considered entertainment? can I hug women? thank you. metta, befriend

Re: anagarika questions

Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:51 pm
by DC2R
1. Because an anagarika is usually a full-time attendant at a monastery (doing things for monks that monks cannot do, such as cook food), there would be little time for a "real" job. Part-time employment may be possible.

2. The same kind of beds as monks use since it is part of the 8th precept. I am not sure about the specifics, so perhaps someone else might be able to provide that information.

3. Scented deodorant falls under the 7th precept.

DN 2 wrote:he abstains from using scents, cosmetics, and means of beautification such as these. This, too, is part of his virtue.

Unscented deodorant should be fine.

4. Reading the newspaper would not be advisable if you are serious about the practice itself.

5. No, relevant documentaries would not be considered entertainment, but I doubt there is an abundance of "Dhamma documentaries".

6. Yes, you can hug a woman as long as it is not sexual (3rd precept).

Re: anagarika questions

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:21 am
by R1111
is it considered ok to ordain as Anagarika in Thai Forest Tradition but take Bhikkhu ordination elsewhere if that time comes?

Re: anagarika questions

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:57 am
by SarathW
The main difference between the eight precepts of an Anagarika and the 10 precepts of a novice monk is the rule of not handling money. Therefore, anagarika ordinations usually take place in forest monasteries where the monastic rules, including the one on not handling money, are strictly followed. ... -Anagarika


Re: anagarika questions

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:25 am
by R1111
Thank you friend.
I think i may have formulated the question poorly. I mainly wondered if its ok to change the preceptor for Anagarika and Novice ordinations.