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What are benefits of being bald?

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, ...
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What does "Namaste" mean in Buddhism context and why is it even associated with Buddhism?

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 ...
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Significance of Bhikkhus uncovering their right shoulder

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 ...
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A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions

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 ...
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A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions

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 ...
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Role of food as an allowed monastic luxury

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 ...
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Chinese Korean & Japanese aesthetic cultural practices at the altar

From the Lion's Roar article entitled "How to Drink a Mindful Cup of Tea" by Joseph Emet, dated July 22, 2021: If you have ever watched one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s talks, you have probably ...
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What are benefits of being bald?

-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 ...
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A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions

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 ...
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Without formal refuge?

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 ...
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