befriend wrote:why cant they have jobs? does the 8 precepts says something about not working? can i informally take the 8 precepts and still have a job. or is working breaking one of the precepts? metta, befriend.
An Anagarika is not the same as a Lay-person taking the 8 precepts on a long term basis, they are essentially the same as a postulate in christian monastic circles or in some cases a form of monastic at a monastery, so would have certain duties etc there.
there are some who have chosen it as a way of life as they find it beneficial, there have been 15/20 vassa Anagarikas in the west I have heard about, and in Asia they (although under a different name depending on the country) are Anagarikas due to a desire to be a monastic but unable to take on the robes due to some reason (possibly due to a physical problem like a missing leg,) but have the same robes, just white.
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