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Would a skin condition stop someone becoming a monk?

Previous lifestyle & herpes should not prevent a person from becoming a monk. If your friend wants to become a monk, he should talk to a monk at the temple.
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Were/are Zen monastery time schedules liberal with regard to meal and dharma talk timing?

Zen is definitely its own animal. Why the practices, monastic laws, daily schedules vary so vastly from even other East Asian instantiations of Buddhism could be a subject of a book of its own. You ...
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Are there any Buddhist monasteries near Varanasi?

Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche has built a classic Tibetan monastery in Sarnath called Vajra Vidya Institute. When you reach Sarnath, go to the backside of the Deer Park. The area is known as ...
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Within Theravāda tradition, what are the differences in doctrine and practice between schools and sects around the world?

It appears that some teachers and traditions are more focused on samatha and jhana like Pa Auk Sayadaw and Ajahn Brahm. And then there are other teachers and traditions that are more focused on ...
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What would happen if everyone became a monk or nun?

The distinguishing principle in the quote from MN 71 is: 'without abandoning the fetter of householdership' I would assume (I will research later) 'the fetter' of householdship refers to concerns ...
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What is a Buddhist ceremony or service called, and what day of the week is it likely to be?

In early times, (and still today in some Buddhist countries), laypeople would intensity their practice on certain days according to the lunar calendar. The special weekly Buddhist holy day is called ...
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What would happen if everyone became a monk or nun?

A layperson does not necessarily have to be a householder. A layperson is not necessarily clinging to a house if they live in a house. One can hold something but still not cling to it. When I use the ...
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Looking for a Buddhist Monastery in UK, Ireland, Scotland or Australia - All traditions are welcome

Forest Sangha United Kingdom branches - Amaravati, Cittaviveka, etc.
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Where can I find a Buddist Monastery that practice hard training?

Following are some pointers: https://www.dhamma.org/en/index http://www.internationalmeditationcentre.org/global/index.html http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ https://www.paaukforestmonastery.org/ https:/...
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Are there any differences between living in a meditation centre vs a monastery?

This question is very general because there is obviously no uniform characteristics of a meditation centre. My general impression is: Living in a meditation centre would generally involve living with ...
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Are there any differences between living in a meditation centre vs a monastery?

"Traditionally they didn’t have such things as meditation retreats. You went to monasteries. And in monasteries, there was time to meditate, but there were also other duties in the course of the ...
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Were/are Zen monastery time schedules liberal with regard to meal and dharma talk timing?

Late night Dhamma talks happened at the time of the Buddha. At night, after giving his own Dhamma talk, the Buddha once asked Ven. Sariputta to give an additional Dhamma talk, which itself was rather ...
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Is it ok to eat after midnight after observing the 8 precepts?

No. It's also not a cheat, when one resolves to keep the Uposatha-precepts for one day, good householder. Sadhu. Nevertheless maybe taking the Buddhas further encouragements into consideration: Sakka ...
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Where can I find a Buddist Monastery that practice hard training?

Any meditation monastery has sufficient disciple for training. There is no need to think as extreme as you are. Wat Pah Nanachat in Thailand or any branch monastery.
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A good Abhidhamma monastery to ordain?

This institute fits the criteria you have listed. (one-meal is optional) Most of the teacher monks at IIT are top scholars in different subjects. They are of Forest-Vinaya sect in Sri Lanka. ...
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Within Theravāda tradition, what are the differences in doctrine and practice between schools and sects around the world?

It is important to know what the original teachings are because one cannot practise aimlessly. As for ordaining, I would choose an Ajahn Chah monastery due to its proven history of providing good ...
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Renunciation and Negative Mysticism (Escaping from ones Dharma)

In my earthly young days many many many years ago, I experienced "death". It began with recessing, recessing into the tiny light-dot then it shot with an incomparable speed of exiting. This tiny light-...
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Renunciation and Negative Mysticism (Escaping from ones Dharma)

Let's try and break this apart: 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 ...
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Renunciation and Negative Mysticism (Escaping from ones Dharma)

Your idea about "One's Dharma" is Hindu & not Buddhist. Equally, your concerns about helping the world are too far ahead in respect to priorities. A monastic life (which does not necessarily mean ...
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What is a Buddhist ceremony or service called, and what day of the week is it likely to be?

Assuming Manhattan College is in Manhattan, here is a website for an SGI-USA center which is in the Lotus Sutra/Nichiren tradition, The New York Culture Center. It is in the old Cooper Union building ...
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Any recommended monasteries in Sri Lanka that offer extended meditation retreats?

Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya Teacher- Ven. Udairiyagama Dhammajiva Maha Thero (U Dhammajiva Sayadaw), Excellent knowledge in Dhamma, Pali, Burmese and English, Specialty in Mindfulness and emphasizes ...
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Any recommended monasteries in Sri Lanka that offer extended meditation retreats?

Sri Lanka, Thailand and Burma are the main three Theravada Countries. In Sri Lanka: Venerable Katukurunde Nananada Thero's Monastery (http://www.seeingthroughthenet.net), Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya (...
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What is a Buddhist ceremony or service called, and what day of the week is it likely to be?

If it is a Thai temple (eg. 76-16 46 Ave Elmhurst), the service is where the devotees chant to (take refuge in) the Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha, request the five precepts, generally offer the monks ...
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Would a skin condition stop someone becoming a monk?

I am glad you managed to save your friend's life. I suggest that both of you google "Thai monk with neurofibromatosis" and become aware that his 'problem' isn't a real problem.
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Would a skin condition stop someone becoming a monk?

The commentary on page 195 of this document, The Buddhist Monastic Code II, implies that it depends on the type of skin condition, where it is, how severe it is, and whether it's likely to spread. I ...
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