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It helps to identify you socially as a monk (as does the uniform clothing), so that people know when they see you, "that person can be identified as a monk". At the same time it helps to alter, remove or hide your personal identity, e.g. as a person with an individual appearance such as hair color and hair style. I suppose another practical benefit is that ...


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Namaste is a greeting in the Hindu custom and does not have a context in Buddhism. Namaste (/ˈnɑːməsteɪ/, Hindi: [nəməsteː] (About this sound listen))), sometimes spoken as Namaskar, Namaskaram is a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom, found on the Indian subcontinent mainly in India and Nepal and among the Indian diaspora. It is used both for ...


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In Pāḷi texts, the right shoulder is not specified. The standard description of a monk meeting the Buddha says ekaṃsaṃ uttarāsaṅgaṃ karoti (Vin 1.46) he arranged his robe over one shoulder. However the right side of the body is generally emphasised, e.g. Atha kho so, bhikkhave, mahābrahmā ekaṃsaṃ uttarāsaṅgaṃ karitvā dakkhiṇaṃ jāṇumaṇḍalaṃ pathaviyaṃ ...


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Would this result in loss of rank, social standing and credibility in his own circles? Or would this cause others around him to start looking up to him? What's your opinion? It would undoubtedly result in loss of all of these. Particularly in the case of adopting the rites and rituals of a theistic religion. I'm trying to think of an example where this ...


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Firstly, Buddhist monks are subject to rules. The Theravada monk has to follow the 227 Patimokkha rules. Of course, for other traditions, it may be different. Some of these rules can be quite detailed like the following: [12.] I will not go [sit] laughing loudly in inhabited areas: a training to be observed. [14.] I will go [sit] (speaking) ...


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Actually, high beds and seats are not disallowed; making them is. It's not really so cut and dried, and the Buddha seems to have allowed for the fact that (some) luxury is not the problem; attachment is. throwing a feast or banquet is actually encouraged as a means of merit making for the lay follower? Not in the texts, it isn't. It is actually stated ...


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-For monks, having to be bald helps weed out those who are too committed to sensual desire and are not ready to be a monastic. -Having no hair is one less thing to cling to. -Being bald means less parasites and less potential harm to the parasites. -No hair is easier to handle and clean. -Being bald can help one identity with Buddhism and other Buddhists ...


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You have asked two questions here... one about "spiritual progress" and the other about "excommunication" / "status". I can hazard a guess from the Theravāda tradition. Spiritual Progress In the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta (DN 16) the Buddha said: "In whatsoever Dhamma and Discipline, Subhadda, there is not found the Noble Eightfold Path, neither is there ...


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Your question is posed mainly from a modern Western/Capitalist perspective where seclusion from economical "responsibilities" for spiritual practice is - to say the least - not encouraged. Also, the West doesn't have a tradition of handing out food to begging monks, in fact, in many countries this practice is illegal. It was very different in Asia before the ...


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