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by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?
Replies: 8
Views: 865

Re: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?

In Catholicism, for example, the Catholic priest has a powerful function according to which he has the power to forgive sins; the Catholic priest is regarded as a necessary intermediate between man and God. Similarly for gurus in some Hindu traditions. Is a Theravadan Buddhist monk a necessary inte...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?
Replies: 8
Views: 865

Re: Are Theravadan Buddhist monks clergy?

if you look at the definition from dictionary.com : the group or body of ordained persons in a religion, as distinguished from the laity. [/b] it's pretty clear. that any and all monastics would be considered clergy, although one must keep in mind that the word clergy in the west often brings up spe...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Lay Resident Opportunities
Replies: 3
Views: 1224

Re: Lay Resident Opportunities

good idea for this thread! Bhavana Society of West Virginia is currently looking for a long term Cook, and also residents who wish to stay from a few weeks to years, we have no limit so long as the person is accepted in the evaluation process. Cook Position : http://bhavanasociety.org/main/new/cook_...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

The idea that a monk could watch porn to the point of ejaculation without being Sanghadisesa seems implausible. :anjali: This section from Thanissaro Bhikkhu's Buddhist Monastic Code Vol 1 may help clear things up : Given the way intention is defined, there is no offense for a bhikkhu who brings on...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

I knew sooner or later the porn thing would come up. stuff is everywhere and affecting everyone these days. just these days?:) Porn goes back a few thousand years at least. it is just a natural side effect of beings that have sexual drives, if its exaggerated today, thats just because in an interco...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

So if they are watching the porn with the intention of ejaculation, they it could definitely be seen as a breach. If it's just " for the enjoyment of sensual desire" and the ejaculation just happened, then it wouldn't be considered a breach, stupid and dangerous yes, but not a breach. How about the...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense
Replies: 11
Views: 1594

Re: (Ask) If a Bhikkhu watching porn, is it a Sanghadisesa offense

as far as I can tell, watching the porn is not a specific offense, although it is a dukkata for staring at a womans genitals(due to story below),obviously there were no videos back then so using the great standards you could apply that to seeing the genitals on a video. There is the curious case of ...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Books in monasteries which monastics can read
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Re: Books in monasteries which monastics can read

I know monastics who have PHds in stuff like philosophy etc, so they have read widely . There are some traditions and within those traditions some abbots who are more into study then others. We have a Library here, although of course it is 99% buddhist related books, Ive been to another monastery wh...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu May 18, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can a monk get kicked out of the temple?
Replies: 1
Views: 724

Re: Can a monk get kicked out of the temple?

I've seen a monk told to leave by the Abbot. I've also been on contact with a friend in Sri Lanka who spoke to me about her Village monk, who was an alcoholic and abusive to the laity, and the community was coming together to remove him. So it seems to me there are many ways to remove a monastic, ju...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Stand Against Suffering
Replies: 63
Views: 4379

Re: Check this thread from Suttacentral

Thanks for your input Bhante, ... I'm trying to stay OUT of politics, but I see more and more Buddhists, and even monks I know, getting MORE involved with it, tough times. This is especially the case as I don't live hidden away in a forest hermitage, but in a forest monastery AND retreat center tha...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Stand Against Suffering
Replies: 63
Views: 4379

Re: Check this thread from Suttacentral

Thank you for pointing out this discussion on SuttaCentral. Good to see that there are some intelligent people over there who voice their opinions clearly, and even monastics it probably should be "monastic" and that is me haha. I love Sutta Central for the scholarship, but the politics is just way...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Anagarika ordination
Replies: 5
Views: 1139

Re: Anagarika ordination

An Anigarika is still a lay person, so I don't see a reason why you couldn't still use your owned technology. if you move forward towards monastic ordination though I do warn against the "i'm giving myself this item" type of mentality, I know it well as someone who has just been going through this p...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Why many Buddhist monks are over weight?
Replies: 64
Views: 7239

Re: Why many Buddhist monks are over weight?

I have not had too much contact with the Thai sangha, only a handful of thai forest bhikkhus, but from what I've seen of the Sri Lankan Sangha most monks appear to be normal sized(city or forest), at least the dozens I've met here in America. my preceptor, Bhante Gunaratana, is almost 90 and still w...
by Bhikkhu_Jayasara
Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Student Of The Path
Replies: 136
Views: 30873

Re: Student Of The Path

https://bhikkhujayasara.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/the-truth-one-mans-letter-to-his-parents-on-the-eve-of-leaving-lay-life-for-the-monastery/ Hi, Bhante, Thank you for sharing your letter. If this is something you would feel like sharing, could you maybe share how was your relationship after you orda...