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Rules and regulations for the Buddhist monastic community based on the Vinaya Pitaka within the Pali Canon.

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Alms and questions

Q: 1) What is the proper thing to do if you, as a monk, were to accept alms but have stomach issues so can't eat all the food? 2) What would a monk do if they are allergic to the alms given? ...
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Hospitalization and its Morals

I have questions regarding hospitalization and its morals 1) Are monks/nuns allowed to be hospitalized and can they go to a hospital or doctor if sick? (because aren't they not allowed to ...
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Relying on the Laity, monastics

I had questions regarding the laity, monastic relationship. 1) How exactly (the step by step or explained) does the process work in which the monastics rely solely on the laity? 2) How do ...
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Monastic Stimulation & Lay Protection

I had some questions regarding monastic and lay sexuality & stimulation. 1) If a monk or nun was to get stimulated (i.e. an erection), but it was involuntary, unintentional, an accident, or ...
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Alone with a woman

Are monks allowed to be in the same room as a nun alone (not a laywoman)? Are monks allowed to be in the same room as a nun (considering the rule applies) while others a present? Is there a ...
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Can homosexual monks or nuns ordain, if not WHY?

Namo Buddhaya! (I am a Theravada Buddhist) The Vinaya says monks & nuns cannot be together in private (it would be an offense). But what if someone is a homosexual, how would they go about ...
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Can a Sikh enter a buddhist temple with a turban?

As I went to worship at one of the most famous & sacred temples in Sri Lanka a Sikh person entered with his turban. As per the religious traditions we are not allowed to wear any head coverings ...
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How do monks live with medical conditions that require regular meals?

Theravada monks are supposed to eat only one or two meals per day, only between dawn and noon. For the rest of the day, they can drink water or fruit juices. The exception to this rule is if they are ...
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Permission to ordain from absent father

I want to become a monk in the Theravada tradition and have already obtained permission from my mother. My father does not live with us and never has, so according to the following passage from the ...
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Can (an) Urban-Dhamma lead to path, fruits and liberation?

Urban-Dhamma, Urban-Dhamma they say and is a popular approach, but is it possible that Urban-Dhamma leads to path, fruits and beyond? Is it possible to transport the Ariya-Magga under such an ...
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What might be the impact when western monk start to think they must teach the elders?

Coming accoss such: Would such, on even normal sociaty level, be contuctive for western people who desire odination? Is such in line with good conducts, monks would have to keep?
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Meals in the afternoon and different time zones

How do Buddhist monks deal with meals while traveling across different time zones?
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Vinaya Rule of a Monk saying he's an arahant

Is there a rule where if a monk is an arahant and if he is to tell he is an arahant, he can only say it to a Upasampada monk and not even a samanera monk? If so, please provide the source of the rule
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References for not receiving alms in exchange for Dhamma teaching

According to this comment: I think that monks and laypeople are meant to depend on each other (e.g. as described in Iti 107) however monks must not sell their dhamma talks for food. So there ...
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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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Can a Bhikkhu yell at or beat a lay person under the vinaya?

In the vinaya of the Theravāda, it is an offense for a monk to insult or be abusive to another monk (pacittiya 2). But I don’t see any reference to a prohibition from yelling at a lay person (and I ...
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Vinaya non-offence complications?

From suttacentral Parajika rules: "Non-offenses - There is no offense: if it is unintentional; if he does not know; if he is not aiming at death; if he is insane; if he is the first offender." ...
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Vinaya Rule which prohibits on engaging in political activities

There are many monks who are engaging in many political activities such as riots and other types of embarrassing activities in certain countries. What are the Vinaya Rules on these? It would be great ...
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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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Practical advice on not eating after noon

My question is mainly to monks and nuns in this group, but I welcome answers from others as well. If one were to give up eating solid food after the midday, as instructed by the Buddha to his ...
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Are feelings (vedana) always caused by ignorance?

The Pali suttas often refer to feelings or 'vedana', as follows: There are these three kinds of feeling: a pleasant feeling, a painful feeling and neither-pleasant-nor-painful feeling. MN 74 ...
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The first rule of 8 Garudhammas

So according to the 8 Garudhammas of Bhikkunis this is the first one. 1) A nun who has been ordained even for a hundred years must greet respectfully, rise up from her seat, salute with joined ...
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Which Vinaya has the least number of rules?

According to Wikipedia, “Extant vinaya texts include those of the Theravada (the only one in Pali), the Kāśyapīya, the Mahāsāṃghika, the Mahīśāsaka, the Dharmaguptaka, the Sarvāstivāda and the ...
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Why Buddha said “if you want to remove small/light codes from Vinaya”?

In Maha-parinibbana Sutta, Buddha said "if Sanga want, after I completed Parinibbana, you can remove small and/or light codes from Vinaya". Why Buddha said this approval to Sanga? Is it a kind of ...
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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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Why is samghabedabastu section of the mulasarvastavadin monastic code not published in any language besides it's original language?

Why is samghabedabastu section of the mulasarvastavadin monastic code not published in any language besides it's original language?
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Was the prohibition on eating dinner health advice?

This fascinating article describes the Buddha as data driven ascetic. Buddha took a different approach: His rules were grounded in his own experience. Like a lot of us, he tried some crazy diets. ...
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Bad Ordinations?

If a Novice was ordained but was not ready to be ordained because of one little issue, like for example, the novice: admitted to not having parental permission admitted to an alchohol problem ...
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Notion of good and bad in Buddhism

if I understand correctly, Buddhism is opposed to dualistic concepts: Us vs. them, beautiful vs. ugly, pain vs. pleasure. We should rather realise the emptiness of those constructs in order to see the ...
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Why didn't some of the previous Buddhas preach the code of discipline?

It is said that as some of the previous Buddhas did not set the code of discipline, the Dhamma did not last.
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How many monks required to ordain or create new Sangha?

How many monks does it take to ordain a new monk? How many monks does it take to create a new Sangha? I've read this before, now I can't find it. I think these are very old rules & are similar ...
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Arhat Culapanthaka's display of psychic powers to a layman (DP Verse 25)

In DP Verse 25, we read about Arhat Culapanthaka displaying psychic powers (appearing as many) to possibly a lay person, i.e. the messenger: When the messenger from the house of Jivaka arrived at ...
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Is causing death to a person breaking any monastic rule? [duplicate]

In the Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta: There is the case where a certain person, abandoning false speech, abstains from false speech. When he has been called to a town meeting, a group meeting, a ...
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What is meant by “possessed by spirits” in Buddhism?

In this answer there is a quote from The Buddhist Monastic Code 1 - The Patimokkha Rules Translated and Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, which reads in part only when one is possessed by non-human ...
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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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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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Are theravada monks allowed to stay in lay people's house?

A theravada monk would like to stay in my house for one night. I live with my parents, but we don't have special room for guest. Should I suggest him to stay in monastery near my house?
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Is it okay to have addictions and still call yourself a Buddhist master? [closed]

Some 'Buddhists' believe that it is okay for one to be addicted to smoking and drinking. They give examples of Chogyam Trungpa and the like who were known to indulge in these and other addictions. It ...
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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 ...
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Vinaya Loopholes?

Did the Buddha ever say anything about monastics finding "loopholes" in the rules? A loophole would be something like: Showering when bathing is not allowed or living in a building when the opposite ...
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Monks and politics

Should monks be envolved with Politics or Governments? I think the answer is a clear NO, but I have seen things like that so I would like to doublecheck and ask where is this "rule"? Vinaya?
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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" ...
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Are people younger than 20 forbidden to ordain?

According to a precept it is forbidden to integrate a person under 20 years of age into the Sangha. Is that correct? So are the young monks, not monks, but something different?
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Monks precepts - Not to teach dhamma to women and not to recite dhamma in pali with laymen?

Two of the Pacittiyas (monks precepts according to Vinaya) implies that 1-Bhikkhus should not teach more than 6 words of Dhamma to women and also 2-Should not recite texts of dhamma in pali with ...
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What does “heard” mean in “I allow fish and meat that is pure in three respects: One has not seen, heard, or suspected…”

In Vinaya, there is this rule (copied from Buddhist Monastic Code II): "One should not knowingly consume meat killed on purpose (for a bhikkhu). Whoever should consume it: an offense of wrong ...
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Why do Bhikkhunis have so many extra Vinaya rules?

The Vinaya contains 227 rules for male monks and 311 rules for female monks. Is it known why so many additional rules were put in place for Bhikkhunis?
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How should a theravada centre approach the lay people for support?

I was planning to visit a centre, so first I checked their webpage, I thought they are a lit too pushy when it comes to donations, asking for money in a very explicit way to pay their bills. OK, let ...
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Patimokkha Rule On Bathing

I recall having read somewhere that monks are allowed to bathe only once every 15 days. What is the actual Patimokkha rule behind this ? Also, what is the reason behind this rule and what are its ...
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Are monks allowed to travel during the rain retreat?

AFAIK, monks are not allowed to be away from their monasteries for more than 3 days during the rain season. But a monk I know had to travel out of the country due to some personal matter during this ...
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is chocolate an allowable after noon?

i recently went to a meeting with some bhikkhus, and they served the monks a small dish with butter slices and little chocolate squares... i think it was dark chocolate if that matters. So anyway, i ...