Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [monastery]

The tag has no usage guidance.

3
votes
1answer
60 views

Looking for a Buddhist Monastery in UK, Ireland, Scotland or Australia - All traditions are welcome

I have a friend from Sri Lanka who is a Theravada Buddhist monk. He is 36 (soon 37) years old and have been a monk for 19 years. He resides in SL and has just finished an english language course and ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

A good monastery to ordain?

I am looking for a monastic community that fits these criteria; Abhidhamma compliant Vinaya compliant; one meal a day, no afternoon snacks, not using money etc Analytical attitude towards the ...
4
votes
2answers
104 views

Within Theravāda tradition, what are the differences in doctrine and practice between schools and sects around the world?

I'm considering spending some time in the future in retreats to have a taste of what monastic life is like. It seems that Theravāda is the current tradition most related and compatible to my moral ...
1
vote
1answer
40 views

Are there any Buddhist monasteries near Varanasi?

I am in Varanasi , India where Buddha gave his sermons. I want to know ,are there any Buddhist monasteries near Varanasi ?
4
votes
5answers
148 views

Renunciation and Negative Mysticism (Escaping from ones Dharma)

May All Beings be Truly Happy! Is it possible that one can see that everything they have tried has failed, in a worldly sense, and has brought about suffering for themselves and others: has been ...
2
votes
3answers
184 views

What would happen if everyone became a monk or nun?

Theravada Buddhism holds that achieving nirvana is impossible for a lay person, hence my question. "When this was said, the wanderer Vacchagotta asked the Blessed One: “Master Gotama, is there any ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

What is a Buddhist ceremony or service called, and what day of the week is it likely to be?

I am a student at Manhattan College. I am in a class on religious discrimination. For my class I must go to a religious service other than mine. I picked Buddhism. However I don't know what a service ...
4
votes
4answers
704 views

Would a skin condition stop someone becoming a monk?

I am asking this behalf of my friend. He was gonna commit suicide. But I managed to calm him down by taking him to a Buddhist temple. He had a really fun life, movies, friends, night outs, girls, cars,...
4
votes
4answers
121 views

Monastery or Temple in California

Hope you all doing excellent! Would like to know if there's any monastery or Theravada temple in San Francisco, OC or LA? I know there's one in Redwood Valley, but it's a lil too far off. Pls share, ...
3
votes
1answer
86 views

How different is the lifestyle of male monks from that of the female monks?

Lifestyle means the daily activities carried out, the monasteries, the rules and regulations, etc. If there are more than one types of the traditions, then please focus your answer on Tibetan ...
5
votes
1answer
639 views

Meditation posture and language as a monk in Thailand

I am not able to sit in the lotus position. I'm only 24 years old but quite tall (189 cm). Usually I sit in this position: (I googled the picture, it's from EMPFOHLENE MEDITATIONS-POSITIONEN UND ...
2
votes
1answer
83 views

Is there a defined sequence of events when a Buddhist enters a temple?

As there are sequence of events which happen in other religions, do such things happen in Buddhism also? For example: Consider Christianity, it starts with a worship, then a sermon follows, ...
6
votes
2answers
4k views

What are the rotating cylinders in monastries, and why are they there?

Sorry, as I don't know the right term for them. But, I have noticed these huge copper cylinders(when I went to visit a temple in Dharmashala), which are kept like 5-6 in a row. They have engravings ...
4
votes
5answers
2k views

Any recommended monasteries in Sri Lanka that offer extended meditation retreats?

Could anyone provide links and/or info about Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka that offer extended meditation retreats? For those who have taken part in such retreats, how was the experience? Would ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

Buddhist monk education level

I saw that many of the western monks like Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Shumedho, Ajahn Sucitto etc. have an university degree. I'm 24 years old from Switzerland and I only finished secondary school with 15 ...
3
votes
4answers
209 views

Does using or watching YouTube break a bhikkhu's rules?

Would using YouTube or other social media, where one is exposed to music or forced advertising/entertainment, be breaking the rules for monks? "the watching of entertainments are stumbling blocks" ...
4
votes
2answers
477 views

Does morning and evening chanting follow a set pattern in the Theravada tradition?

I attended a meditation event that included morning and evening chanting at a Theravada monastery/temple. It was a wonderful event but I couldn't follow the chanting book as it was written in Lao ...
4
votes
1answer
114 views

Money to monasteries

Is it right for a monastery or a temple to take money donations, having donation boxes and selling a lot of different things to worship or get luck from? Or shouldn't a monastery use money just like ...
4
votes
3answers
133 views

Ordination and support from parents

If one intends to ordain, say in Thailand, and one lives in India - would it be right/moral to ask support from one's parents (since one is not yet ready/able to support oneself)?
4
votes
1answer
370 views

Meditation Retreat in India

Are there any good places for meditation retreats in India ? ( Theravada/Vipassana ) Could someone share their personal experience ?
5
votes
1answer
145 views

How is a Theravada Buddhist monastery established?

There is no Theravada monastery in the country I live in. I just read a short brief about lay people going together and forming a forest monastery in Norway, and was wondering about how a monastery is ...