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by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Monks sharing spiritual achievements with lay people

https://suttacentral.net/pli-tv-bu-vb-pc8/en/brahmali the chapter on confession (_pācittiya_) monks’ confession 8 The training rule on telling truthfully Origin story Final ruling Definitions Permutations Non-offenses Origin story 12V_220At one time the Buddha was staying at Vesālī in the hall with ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: My Journey into Homelessness
Replies: 8
Views: 512

Re: My Journey into Homelessness

Glad to hear others want to do this, it is a very good thing that will benefit many more people then you could think, I still to this day have people come to my retreats and meet me in various places who tell me they've been watching my journey videos and stuff for years. The more monastics do this ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Outdated Vinaya for monks
Replies: 26
Views: 1532

Re: Outdated Vinaya for monks

My question is how those monks who have to live by driving cars, wearing T shirts, being in close in contact with women, using modern gadgets go by vinaya rules? I think most of the vinaya rules are outdated by now. And it needs a set of modern rules? may be no rules but self-discipline because the...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student Of The Path
Replies: 138
Views: 37220

Re: Student Of The Path

Newest Entry in the "Journey into Homelessness" Video series: 3 Years as a Monastic. In this first video in a few years I go over a variety of different topics related to my monastic journey, including finding the balance between my practice and helping others, the importance of having good spiritua...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Clarification of some Vinaya rules among monks, nuns and trans people?
Replies: 7
Views: 3135

Re: Clarification of some Vinaya rules among monks, nuns and trans people?

These are nothing new for people who actually read the vinaya, which does not include many, if not most monastics :). I encourage all serious lay people who want to support and spend time around monastics to really get into the vibhanga(the full rules, stories, and permutations), not just the patimo...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva
Replies: 19
Views: 4880

Re: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva

Major sects of Buddhism have different literatures other than the Pali Tipitaka which is used by the Theravada sect. This is where the teachings become fundamentally different. These are not Buddhism with different styles or interpretation, these are different Buddhisms. That is why we can't mix an...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva
Replies: 19
Views: 4880

Re: A monastics thoughts of the path of the bodisattva

My line of thinking " it's not part of my tradition, its not really something the Buddha teaches or recommends in the EBTs(although the concept for the Bodhisatta is IN the EBTs and you can see its origin, but the Buddha doesn't recommend a split second in samsara, so you never see him speak of it o...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can monks go traveling ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3112

Re: Can monks go traveling ?

I'm happy to see all the Bhantes/Ajahns posting in here :). Thank you for your wisdom. One thing I would add is that unless you are doing a wandering, switching monasteries, etc there really is no need for you to "go" anywhere. As a monastic I think you probably should renounce any thoughts of world...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Giving water to monks
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Re: Giving water to monks

I think you are just reading too much into it, he probably just did not want the water. He may of also had a water bottle in his bag, which most do as far as my experience goes(myself included). Water is basically the ONLY thing that monks are allowed to take, of course in the Buddha's day that was ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice
Replies: 21
Views: 3369

Re: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice

the " its just a minor rule" thing is an argument that I can get behind in a few cases, but when it comes to money the Buddha is quite clear about things : If gold and silver are allowable for anyone, the five cords of sensual pleasure are allowable for him. If the five cords of sensual pleasure are...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 43
Views: 5356

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

if the lay person is a resident they technically become an upasaka, then yes you can ask them for things using the money from the sangha(they may have a monastery debit card when driving monks/doing chores), Is it so? I thought if the monk is not invited and not sick he cannot ask for anything from...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice
Replies: 21
Views: 3369

Re: Buddhist monks receiving money as a modern Standard practice

Yes when I first became a monk and started going to various events at temples( sri lankan, I have no experience with other countries temples), I was surprised when someone handed me a white envelope, I didn't know what it was until I opened it and saw cash, thankfully we had a lay person there who d...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 43
Views: 5356

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

Yes, I've have very similar experiences, and they've been solved/mitigated by me taking responsibility for my own safety and well-being, if the sangha is not going to. # For instance I was asked to paint the rafters of a steel warehouse in a monastery, and it was 4 or 5 meters up. I located a safet...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries
Replies: 43
Views: 5356

Re: Power and Oppression in Western Monasteries

It's true but I am concerned on behalf of the lay residents who have no other means. I have met several who, apart from the monastery, have no way to earn a living. These people tend to be either elderly, have personality disorders, or are disabled in other ways. These people aren't "volunteering" ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: is a monk allowed to request a ride
Replies: 1
Views: 1172

Re: is a monk allowed to request a ride

Well if by "allowed" you mean a rule, then it's fine. I see no real breach in any rule if a monastic is putting it out there that they are in need of a ride, especially if they are not asking a specific person who has not offered aid first, there is no expectations of someone HAVING to do it, it's j...