Questions tagged [monk]

A full time religious practitioner living in a dedicated community. Typically a follower of a monastic lifestyle undertakes an additional set of vows over and above those taken by lay followers. Monastic traditions vary greatly between Buddhist traditions. This tag refers to monks and nuns so is gender neutral.

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can I become a monk with schizophrenia?

can I become a monk if i have schizophrenia? I have to take a shot every two weeks and I do hear voices every once in a while
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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 ...
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Do you have to become a Monk to attain enlightment?

It seems that the answer is no, but in this case, why would you want to become a monk instead of staying "normal" ?
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What is the visa process for ordaining foreigner monks in Sri Lanka?

I heard that the monk candidates outside of Sri Lanka have to make two trips to Sri Lanka in order to get an extended visa. I would prefer just making one trip to Sri Lanka(in the future) being enough ...
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According to the Dhamma monks have no rights?

There is the case where a monk is content with any old robe cloth at all. He speaks in praise of being content with any old robe cloth at all. He does not, for the sake of robe cloth, do anything ...
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When is the best time for ordination?

When exactly is it worth considering to ordain as a monk? Is it something that happens automatically during the path, that is, (a) special experience(s) or insight into the three characteristics? Is ...
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Do Buddhist children from outside of Buddhist countries ever become monks temporarily?

In Buddhist countries, young or teenage boys, and sometime girls, sometimes (or often, depending on the country) become monks temporarily. Do any Buddhist children from other countries (e.g., Western ...
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Buddhist monks give advice for lay life

Would you say that it is appropriate for a monk to give advice to the laity in how to live life/dealing with obstacles? Now don't get me wrong, but monks certainly have "safer" environments. They are ...
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Contradictions from Monks regarding Precepts vs Commandments and punishment

Now this is often raised whenever a monk teaches and talks about the five precepts. They often say that these are not, like in the judeo christian faith, commandments and that no higher entity or ...
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How is forgiveness defined in Buddhism?

I am new to this topic so I may be asking a silly question. I have watched a lot of monk movies and after watching those movies to me it appears that forgiveness means if anybody does some harm to you ...
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How does a forest-dwelling dhutanga practitioner get food?

According to "The Bhikkhus' Rules: A Guide for Laypeople" by Bhikkhu Ariyesako: The Buddha suggested that the basic source of food for bhikkhus was that received on the morning alms round (pi.n....
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Studying in nepal

A friend of mine has decided to move to Nepal,to study there. In his country there are no Nepali embassy should He contact them online? Links would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Need more information about samanera or sramanera in India(Theravada tradition)?

I am planning to be samanera or sramanera for now. Later, would like to be a buddhist monk. I am interested in Theravada tradition. I live in India. But I have no idea what is the procedure to be one ...
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How to focus on one thing like a monk?

Question : How to focus on one thing like a monk ( ideal one )? Is there a well defined meaning of word " focus " in buddhism? I want to learn the technique through which I can focus on one thing at ...
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Does Vinaya allow monks to do priestly rituals for the laity?

In some other religions like Hinduism and Catholicism, the role of monks and the role of priests are clearly separated. However, in Buddhism, this is not clearly separated. It is clear what the monks ...
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How are there good overweight monks?

If you are mindful you dont eat for taste - so chances are you over eat are smaller There are a few monks i know and i truley belive are advanced practitioners (meaning i wont be surprised if they ...
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Mountain Monk Diets

When I read poems like this... ... I think of how long-lived such mountain monks tended to be on such a minimal diet (and of course whatever spiritual cultivation they gained) and focused they were ...
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Why the first of the additional rules, put forward by lord Buddha, on Bikkhunis? [duplicate]

I've learned that Lord Buddha has put forward 7 rules on Bikkhunies when female were given the permission to enter the shasana as Bikkhunies. Maha Prajapathee devi & the other princesses were ...
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Sutta References on Future Monks

I have heard that the Buddha has told that in the future the monks will have a wife and kids, will wear no cloths except for a puuna nula and he would be engaging in hunting and etc. Where can I find ...
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How should a lay person respond if they see a monk teaching something contrary to Dhamma?

Let's say if a lay person sees fault of a monk (something against the monastic code, or against the Dhamma). Should the lay person just stay silent (thinking it would create bad karma), or should they ...
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How to memorize suttas?

I was watching a video about the oral tradition in relation to how the suttas was first communicated and conveyed to monastics and lay people. I was wondering what techniques buddhist monastics and ...
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Must Lay Arahants become Buddhist Monks?

A lay person who becomes an Arahant must become a monk or they will die? Can anyone explain what this teaching means? Do they have to become a Buddhist Monk? Can they just leave the world and ...
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Why do Buddhism monk hits people in the head?

i saw this video on facebook and youtube , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHDp1GbzE4o and they're writing on it in arabic "الرقية الشرعية عند البوذيين " witch means "the buddhism's Exorcism" i ...
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How to know if someone has achieved nirvana?

A monk in Sri Lanka publicly says that he has achieved nirvana.If that's true we can follow the (practical) path he teaches . But how can we make sure whether that is true or not ?
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What's the difference between monks and priests?

One hears of Buddhist monks and of priests. What is the difference?
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Does a monk wearing a samue break a prātimokṣa vow?

Monks and nuns take the vow of not wearing lay clothes. Zen monks sometimes wear a casual "working clothing" called a samue. It looks like a regular kimono, without the belt. Since lay people also ...
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How do Buddhists justify or explain that monks and/or temples amass and use wealth?

This question applies mainly to Theravada Buddhism, which is the prevailing branch of Buddhism in my country (Sri Lanka). I've observed, many times, how many temples and monks are amassing wealth and ...
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Computers and Buddhist monks, offering computer to monk makes bad karma to both monk and donor?

Yes, in this information age, computer is like essential part in normal people life. But for monks, does it apply same way like that? Or computer can make harm than good to a monk? Does a book is ...
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Help for a monks studies [duplicate]

I am an Australian monk at Pa Auk Tawya in Myanmar. For my studies I need some tipitaka translations to read on my kindle (available from amazon). I have no means to pay for these. Any suggestions? ...
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Prohibitions against eating certain animals?

I sometimes see rules suggesting that monks (at least Theravadan) should not eat various animals. The lists vary, but includes to varying degree: elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, lions, tigers, ...
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If a monk sees a pin in his path, will he step on it and accept pain?

I read about Buddhism where I came to know, we learn to see everything from bare prospect and don't judge anything. And a random thing came to my mind: I even read that pain is seen as pain and ...
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Receiving blessings for a baby at a temple

My cousin just had a baby two months ago, a beautiful baby boy. The father is a catholic and my cousin, the mother, is a Buddhist. They have taken this two month old baby to a very sacred Buddhist ...
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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,...
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Monks chosen for Tibetan Telepathy

In Tibetan Buddhism there is a sect of monks who specialize in "Telepathy". Their job essentially is to protect the Tibetan people from natural disasters. Does anyone know the process on how these ...
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8 causes of Earthquake - Maha-parinibbana Sutta

Buddha as part of the noble eightfold path preached that killing any organism is an unskillful action which results in bad karma. He also preached that every buddhist monk's final aim should be ...
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Can one be a part-time monk?

Can one be ordained as a monk and yet take up an office job part time and be a monk part time? In other words can one be beyond a lay practitioner yet not lead a full monastic life?
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Should a Monk speak out in favor of doing good?

If a monk is given the opportunity to speak in favor of doing a good deed that a supporter of his wants to do, even if that good deed directly benefits him, is it proper to do so? Is there any ...
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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 ...
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What happens if a monk is called for jury duty?

Is it possible for a monk to be called for jury duty in the U.S.A.? If so, does the Buddhist religion prevent them from taking part int he judicial process, as it involves passing judgment on others? ...
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How to ordain and become a monk?

I want to devote my life to Buddhist way of meditation, I want to know more of Buddha teaching but my main interest is for go day and night actual meditation practices. I accidentally come across Sri ...
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Are monks better teachers than ex-monks?

It seems that most of the dharma teachers in the West are lay people, as opposed to Asia where most of the teachers are ordained monks. Many of the western teachers were monks for a while, but ...
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What does a monk think on a day to day basis?

I go through my daily chores and it has become habituated to the extent that i do not need to concentrate on the action and my mind has some time to do thinking or just wander. Now monks life is also ...
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Punishments for breaking vinaya rules

Are there any punishments if a monk breaks vinaya rule on purpose..? ,if there is punishment ,then who would administer that punishment..?.How does buddhism deal with vinaya rule breakers..?
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What are the benefits of solitary practice?

I have heard about buddhist monks who undertake strictly solitary practice for 6 months where they practice entirely by themselves. They have no human contact and some of the other monks will come and ...
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A question regarding the level of worldly participation for a buddhist monk

I noticed some buddhist monks spend a lot of their time teaching and giving dhamma talks, while other monks spend minimal time on these things. I was wondering if there are any rules in the monastic ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What are grievous crimes?

I read in this answer that if one wants to become a Bhikkhu then "He must never have committed any grievous crimes". What could examples of grievous crimes be? What if crimes where committed many ...
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Ordination procedure in Theravada Buddhism - What if parents are not alive anymore?

I read that a person must get permission from his og her parents but what if that persons parents are not alive anymore. Can that person then not become ordained in this life? Thank you for your time....
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Buddhist shaolin monks and their practice

I once saw a television program about Buddhist shaolin monks. They were extremely skilled in martial arts and begin their training as young as 3-4 years old. Their day consists of martial arts ...
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How do buddhist monks who are teachers have time for their own practice?

For a while now i have been wondering about how buddhist monks have time for their own practice. When i see buddhist monks like Ven. Yuttadhammo, Ajahn Brahm and Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi who contribute so ...
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Where did the Buddha say that the minor rules for monks could be ignored?

In his lecture course Sacred Texts of the World, Grant Hardy said that the Buddha had instructed that the minor rules for monks could be ignored. However the Buddha didn't say which rules he ...