What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?

Discussion of ordination, the Vinaya and monastic life. How and where to ordain? Bhikkhuni ordination etc.
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SarathW
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What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?

Post by SarathW » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:43 am

What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?
This is my interpretation:
Lay people work hard and feed the ignorant.
Monks are feed by the ignorant and tech them how to be wise.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?

Post by TRobinson465 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:03 pm

SarathW wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:43 am
What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?
Precepts is a big one i suppose. and different life goal. most lay buddhists are just aiming to improve thier existence, while monastics usually focus on ending their existence
"Do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism" - the 14th Dalai Lama

"At Varanasi, in the Deer Park at Isipatana, the Blessed One has set in motion the unexcelled Wheel of Dhamma that cannot be stopped by brahmins, devas, Maras, Brahmas or anyone in the cosmos." -Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

"Go forth, monks, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, the good and the happiness of gods and men. Let no two of you go in the same direction." - First Khandhaka, Chapter 11, Vinaya.

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Re: What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?

Post by santa100 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:54 pm

SarathW wrote:What is the difference between a monastic and a lay person?
a shaved head and a uniform? On a serious note, it'd take time and thorough investigation to really tell the difference, for there're monastics who act, speak, and think like lay people, and lay folks who act, speak, and think like monastics.

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