good books for those wishing to become a monk

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good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:51 pm

Can someone recommend good books for those who wish to become a monk and are doing something about it, taking steps to become a monk.

hopefully in my case in one and a half year im a samanera.

so any good books about the life of a monk or other useful information, life stories of westerners becoming a monk, anything in this area.

thanks already :anjali:

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby BlackBird » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:03 pm

I found the autobiographies of two very good forest monks: Ajahn Thate and Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo to be very inspiring.

Here is Ajahn Thate's:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai ... eauto.html

Ajahn Lee's:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/leeauto.pdf

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:11 pm

Not a book, but see the site.
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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:18 pm

Bhikku Pesala, are you sure you put the link right, i tried it and it cant find the server of that site.

thanks

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby appicchato » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:49 pm

Works for me... :coffee:

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:51 pm

ah now it works. Thanks very much Bhikku Pesala and Blackbird

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby konchokzopa » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:20 pm

anyone else, real books maybe? :p

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Postby boris » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:33 pm

The man who wants to avoid grotesque collapses should not look for anything to fulfill him in space and time.

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby Babadhari » Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:46 pm

maybe not along the lines of what you're looking for but 'autobiography of a sadhu' by Baba Ram Puri of the Hindu Juna Akhara sect is a good book
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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby Viscid » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:29 pm

I found by to be one of the most honest depictions of Theravadin monkdom.
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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby SarathW » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:51 am

If I want to become a monk, I need my preceptor to be a person who is not handling money.
Is this possible?

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The Ten Precepts:


1. Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from harming or taking life).

2. Adinnadanna veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from taking what is not given).

3. Abrahmacariya veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from any sexual contact).

4. Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from false speech).

5. Sura meraya majjapamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from the use of intoxicants).

6. Vikalabhojana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from taking food after midday).

7. Nacca gita vadita visuka dassana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from dancing, singing, music or any kind of entertainment).

8. Mala ganda vilepana dharana mandana vibhusanatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from the use of garlands, perfumes, unguents and adornments).

9. Uccasayana mahasayana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from using luxurious seats).

10. Jatarupa rajata patiggahana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami
(I undertake to abstain from accepting and holding money
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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby Viscid » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:49 pm

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby BlackBird » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:39 pm

Getting off: A Portrait is a brilliant account. It's a real shame it's been removed for some reason - I was re-reading it only a few months ago, Bhante's wit and humour made the account such a pleasure to read :(

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Re: good books for those wishing to become a monk

Postby JacquelineR » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:50 pm

I'd like to make a slightly heterodox recommendation- read anything by Thomas Merton. He was a Catholic monk who encountered Buddhism later in life and felt a deep sense of connection with Buddhism.

In particular, I'd recommend "The Wisdom of the Desert Fathers". While the monastic forms of the Desert Fathers were different to ours (they wove baskets to make a living), a lot of their habits are very close to the habits of Buddhist monastics and they practiced "interior silence".
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