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by Dorje Shedrub
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 49
Views: 2014

Re: Touching Money

My experience with Cambodian Mahanika monks is that they handle money. In one wat I saw that individual monks had safes in their room. Sadly some people become monks for a short time just to make money. However, I noticed that the abbot never took money from me but wanted me to put it in the wat don...
by Dorje Shedrub
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Theravāda
Topic: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?
Replies: 30
Views: 1436

Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

Perhaps the cause and effect of kamma can be intertwined between beings ~ DS For any single individual, the mind is a stream of ever-changing mental processes driven by the currents and cross-currents of kamma accumulated in countless past existences. But this complexity, already great, is increased...
by Dorje Shedrub
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1777

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

What happens if you receive alms food that has prohibited items, like garlic or onions? When you notice, do you simple not eat that, or do you eat everything and make a confession, or is this not a problem? DS The mahayana does not allow garlic. I heard it is for celibacy reasons. I bet you come fr...
by Dorje Shedrub
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1777

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

What happens if you receive alms food that has prohibited items, like garlic or onions? When you notice, do you simple not eat that, or do you eat everything and make a confession, or is this not a problem?

DS
by Dorje Shedrub
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion box
Topic: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior
Replies: 32
Views: 1622

Re: No meta-discussion opens the door to propaganda and irresponsible behavior

If no meta-discussion is allowed, then people can promote views they don't hold, criticize others for not holding those views -- and nothing can be done against that according to the ToS. Criticizing others for holding or not holding views would violate TOS: "f. Personal attacks, including the vili...
by Dorje Shedrub
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Experiences of Not Handling Money
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Experiences of Not Handling Money

18. Should any bhikkhu accept gold and silver, or have it accepted, or consent to its being deposited (near him), it is to be forfeited and confessed. 19. Should any bhikkhu engage in various types of monetary exchange, it (the income) is to be forfeited and confessed. For those who follow the prac...
by Dorje Shedrub
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1777

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

This was written recently for you and others. It is about the legality of alms in the USA and probably other Western countries as well. https://subhuti.withmetta.net/2018/07/12/is-collecting-alms-pindapata-legal/ Thank you, Bhante. So, if people ask you what you are doing when you are standing in f...
by Dorje Shedrub
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1777

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

This is quite interesting. Thank you all for your contributions!

Do the monks only eat what is in their own bowl or do they all share at the monastery?

DS
by Dorje Shedrub
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1777

Re: Monastic Alms Round in the West

I noticed in the videos that all of the monks were barefoot. Is this standard for all or particular to a specific tradition?

DS
by Dorje Shedrub
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 68
Views: 2486

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Also, Mahayana Buddhists study the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaches this and has even written a book on the Four Noble Truths. DS What scripture does Mahayana get the teaching on the four noble truths and the eightfold path from? Someone more knowl...
by Dorje Shedrub
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monastic Alms Round in the West
Replies: 36
Views: 1777

Monastic Alms Round in the West

I was curious about the monastic alms round ( pindacāra ) so I checked youtube. I wondered if food was dumped all together into the alms bowl like a stew or kept seperate. I also wondered if in our modern day there were any concerns about food being sanitary or even poisoned. Is the alms round pract...
by Dorje Shedrub
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya
Replies: 68
Views: 2486

Re: Can a wholesale dismissal of Non-Theravada traditions result in Ariyupavadantaraya

Just for information, the following are root downfalls of the Mahayana bodhisattva vow: To repudiate any of the three vehicles or to lead someone into the belief that they do not constitute the path to liberation. By injudicious praise of the Mahayana, to lead people of a Hinayana disposition to giv...
by Dorje Shedrub
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: Advice in reducing meals to one a day.

Water helps with hunger pangs. Also, depending on tradition, strained juice, coffee or tea without milk, is allowed. When I attended a Khmer wat, the yaychee would make a banana smoothie for a few of the monks who were quite active physically (I dont know if she used milk or water).

DS
by Dorje Shedrub
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: bad knees. want to ordain. is it possible?
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: bad knees. want to ordain. is it possible?

So if you had a note from a doctor, this would solve the problem? I would think that you could get a note based on your condition saying that type of sitting was harmful to your health and proscribed against. I am in a similar situation. I asked my physical therapist how I could sit on the floor to ...