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Monks and Lay users

Post by Coëmgenu » Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:01 pm

How does one tell when a user is a monk or a layperson? There are been a few times when I, due to my ignorance, believed a user to be a monk when they were, in fact, a layperson. This is complicated by the fact that some users have pictures of monks or collections of monks as their avatar. Now I wouldn't suggest banning pictures of monks in one's avatar if one is a layperson. People should be able to put whatever they want as their avatar within reason. However I am wondering if there is an official registry of monastics who use this site, for the purposes of making contacting them easier.

I suspect this is an issue that is unique to users like myself who are relatively new to the DhammaWheel online community.
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Like this is the uncreated, like this is that which is difficult to realize, with no moving, no bending, no dying. Utterly lacking secretions and smothered in the dark, it is the island shore. Where there is ferrying, it is the crossing. It is dependency's ceasing, it is the end of circulating transmissions. It is the exhaustion of the flame, it is the ending of the burning. Flowing openly, pure and cool, with secret subtlety, and calm occultation, lacking ailment, lacking owning, nirvāṇa.
Asaṁskṛtadharmasūtra, Sermon on the Uncreated Phenomenon, T99.224b7, Saṁyuktāgama 890

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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by bodom » Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:14 pm

See this thread:

Mark Venerable as Venerable:
http://www.dhammawheel.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22209

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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by ieee23 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 6:39 pm

Coëmgenu wrote:There are been a few times when I, due to my ignorance, believed a user to be a monk when they were, in fact, a layperson.
I've mistakenly thought that users who are monks were lay people ( the way they behaved ).
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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by samseva » Fri Nov 11, 2016 3:34 am

It would be a good idea, but like Paul said in the original post, adding a burden on monastics visiting the forum to identify themselves wouldn't be that great. However, you eventually know who is a monk and who isn't as you spend more time on the forum. A better way might be to assume everyone is a lay person, until you find out he/she is a monk/nun.

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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by binocular » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:03 pm

samseva wrote:It would be a good idea, but like Paul said in the original post, adding a burden on monastics visiting the forum to identify themselves wouldn't be that great.
It's not a burden on them. They have vowed to protect and teach the Dhamma, so they should be true to that vow. Being open about their monastic status is part of that.
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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by Coëmgenu » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:18 pm

binocular wrote:
samseva wrote:It would be a good idea, but like Paul said in the original post, adding a burden on monastics visiting the forum to identify themselves wouldn't be that great.
It's not a burden on them. They have vowed to protect and teach the Dhamma, so they should be true to that vow. Being open about their monastic status is part of that.
Oddly enough I am not sure if that is part of the formal monastic vows. Obviously its taken for granted that "protecting the Dhamma" is a good thing to do, but I haven't seen any precepts about it specifically.
如無為,如是難見、不動、不屈、不死、無漏、覆蔭、洲渚、濟渡、依止、擁護、不流轉、離熾焰、離燒然、流通、清涼、微妙、安隱、無病、無所有、涅槃。
Like this is the uncreated, like this is that which is difficult to realize, with no moving, no bending, no dying. Utterly lacking secretions and smothered in the dark, it is the island shore. Where there is ferrying, it is the crossing. It is dependency's ceasing, it is the end of circulating transmissions. It is the exhaustion of the flame, it is the ending of the burning. Flowing openly, pure and cool, with secret subtlety, and calm occultation, lacking ailment, lacking owning, nirvāṇa.
Asaṁskṛtadharmasūtra, Sermon on the Uncreated Phenomenon, T99.224b7, Saṁyuktāgama 890

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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by binocular » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:32 pm

Coëmgenu wrote:Oddly enough I am not sure if that is part of the formal monastic vows. Obviously its taken for granted that "protecting the Dhamma" is a good thing to do, but I haven't seen any precepts about it specifically.
I think it is perfectly in place to have high standards and high expectations for monks. They aren't being fed and clothed by the lays for nothing.
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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by Aloka » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:10 am

Unfortunately, I have discovered in the past that not everyone on the internet who calls themselves a monk (or an arahant) is genuine, so there's no guarantee anyway, unless one requests more details.

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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by bhante dhamma » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:14 am

hi.ima monk and recently thought, makes.sense to.have a name.that reflects.my 'bhava' bit I tried to edit my profile name and.can't..anyone can help..

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Post by DNS » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:49 am

An admin (retro or I) could change your username. You can let me know here or in a PM what you'd like your new username to be.

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Re: Monks and Lay users

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:46 am

dvemebhikkhave wrote:hiI tried to edit my profile name and.can't..anyone can help..
You can edit your forum signature.
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