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by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 2400

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

I am aware of this new understanding, however I'm not quite sure it fits in this case, although it might. There are a few extenuating circumstances that make it different from the typical sutta beginning that it tends to mostly applies to. As I said above, it would be neat for a senior monastic sch...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 2400

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

I’m not sure we can rely on the text only referring to bhikkhus to conclude there were no bhikkhunis. See Ven. Anālayo’s essay: Bhikkhave and Bhikkhu as Gender-inclusive Terminology in Early Buddhist Texts : Abstract In what follows we examine whether the use of the vocative bhikkhave or the nomina...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 49
Views: 6229

Re: Touching Money

I've been given a sort of pre-paid card for that use The day you get rid of this card (it is money) you will be one step closer to Nibbana. :stirthepot: It's not a credit card, its something that someone has put money on for me, not all that different then a lay person taking care of a bank account...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 2400

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

https://suttacentral.net/pli-tv-kd21/en/horner-brahmali https://suttacentral.net/pli-tv-kd21/pli/ms Here are the english and pali for the story of the 1st council found in the Khanadakas of the Vinaya. on face value(ie not debating the validity of the texts, if they were edited etc) going by the sto...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 2400

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

Where in Suta does it say in the canon only Bhikkhu present nor Bhikkhuni? You and James actually make a good point. I think what is needed is a study of the Pali. I believe the account of the first council is in the vinaya, somewhere in the Khandakas, although im not sure. I'll explore it and resp...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monks do not have enough time to practice as they have to attend to demand from lay people for rites and rituals?
Replies: 13
Views: 1418

Re: Monks do not have enough time to practice as they have to attend to demand from lay people for rites and rituals?

In Sri Lanka(and from what I can understand, in the non forest monastics of Thailand) there are a ton of things to do with laity and monks have assumed an almost priest-like role. There are house dānas to attend, which take several hours and include a dhamma talk, recitals etc. There is also all of ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Touching Money
Replies: 49
Views: 6229

Re: Touching Money

It has been my experience that many monks know little of the vinaya, what they know of the rules comes from what they learned from their teacher or during their training, and that often has a commentarial or more of a cultural/regional background rather then a vinaya one.(Thanissaro Bhikkhu does a g...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council
Replies: 23
Views: 2400

Re: Bhikkhuni in the First Buddhist Council

an interesting question with as far as I can tell, no clear "smoking gun" answer. It would be interesting to see some of the well known senior monastic scholars give their speculations. The first thing that pops into my head is the possibility of these 500(a number that usually just signifies "a lot...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?
Replies: 16
Views: 2881

Re: Why did the Buddha's monks shave their heads & beards?

In addition to what Ajahn has already posted directly from the Vinaya, I think the easiest answer is that this was the tradition of the samanas of the time. The Brahmins had the long hair(the householders), those who sought to find another way, cut off their hair , and went into the woods. you can f...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 60
Views: 14030

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

I agree that I cannot see a reason to do it in a Buddhist country, but not every monastic in the west has the luxury of on hand laity to take care of all the needs. The following has happened in a Buddhist country: The family of a foreign bhikkhu transferred required funds to the bhikkhu's local he...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Purge of Thai sangha
Replies: 60
Views: 14030

Re: Purge of Thai sangha

Hi James Considering that you had the first hand experience, is it possible a monk in modern day to live without handling money? Absolutely yes. Even in western countries there are enough lay-buddhists around to enable a monk to survive with no money. Even away from a monastery. And in Thailand, Bu...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 8724

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

However that does not change my view that you have a strong disposition to a particular political bias, which is not necessarily "party political" and you put that bias forward. What is interesting is that you like to cast yourself as a neutral but say that your post is likely to appeal to the righ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 8724

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

one thing I'd like to make clear in case it gets muddled, is that my direct response above is not about Bhikkhunis, it's a direct response to a question connected with a general trend in western Buddhism, that just so happened to occur on this thread. My first post in this topic above is my response...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 8724

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

Firstly I'd like to thank you, Mr. Man, for giving me this opportunity to explore and solidify my feelings on this situation in Western Buddhism. I tend to avoid quick posting when more detail and mindfulness is needed, so I took my time in responding, yes this will be a wall of text, but your quest...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?
Replies: 64
Views: 8724

Re: Is Alliance for Bhikkhunis a support or a threat to the Bhikkunis order?

Whose comment is this? :heart: Mike I would also like to know, while I don't agree with some of what the person says, I think this paragraph is pretty apt to what I am seeing in some western buddhist circles today. Hi Bhante Why do you find it apt? Is it because you are a right wing libertarian? Th...