frankinnc wrote:Hi, I've got a couple of questions for you guys:
I've been told that the only folks whom practice meditation in the theravada tradition are the monks..and that the lay-folk simply practice precepts and feed the monks. True? Explain?
untrue. Meditation is practiced by many lay followers of theravada, as well as many other forms of practice such as generosity, morality, and the rest.
the only difference between mendicants and lay-people can be precepts. Lay-followers can follow a life of renunciation, and the only real difference between some mendicants and lay-people is the amount of precepts & lifestyle.
While there's a lot of good folks practicing within the zen tradition, I've met many whom don't take the precepts very seriously (i,e, they drink alcohol, some are promiscous, reinterpret the precepts to mean what they want them to mean, etc.). This is a big- no-no in the theravada tradition, right?
It depends what Zen they follow. the rules where changed in japan so drinking is quite common.
but it depends upon the individual whether or not the try to act skilfully.
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