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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

From my understanding, the Buddha laid down the rule to not eat afternoon in order to reduce the burden on the laity and to help the sangha avoid a negative reputation. In the Latukikopama Sutta (MN ...
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Is there any significance to shaving the head?

First of all, lay Buddhists are not required to shave their heads, only the monks and nuns. In most Buddhist traditions it is a custom/rule that when you become a monk or nun (a.k.a. Bhikkhu) you have ...
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Strong desire to serve/ordain

I would say to give it a test run. Start keeping the 8 precepts: Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami I undertake the precept to refrain from destroying living creatures. Adinnadana ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

I too am finding that small meals every 3-4 hours helps me meditate easier. Teachers like Ajahn Chah http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajahn_Chah have talked about not eating after 11am or noon. But he ...
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Is the age of monastic life over? Is it societal conditioning or keeping up with the times?

This series of questions is quite involved and surely a book could be written to properly assess the status of how well a very traditional monastic community is holding up in modern times. But a few ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

If I am to chime in and add to the other answers. If you are a meditator not eating after noon is not a problem. You will be calming your bodily fabrication which reduces metabolism (let alone ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

Kitagiri Sutta I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was wandering on a tour of Kasi with a large community of monks. There he addressed the monks: "I abstain from the night-time meal.1 ...
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Strong desire to serve/ordain

Some times monastic life may not be calm as you think. Also austerity of vinaya will make it harder than lay life incase your have significant attachments. So best is: lean the Vinaya so you do not ...
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Punishments for breaking vinaya rules

In theory the Pāṭimokkha Rules: Intro | Bhikkhus' | Bhikkhunis' is the basic code of monastic discipline, consisting of 227 rules for monks (bhikkhus) and 311 for nuns. It lays down offences and ...
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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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Is the age of monastic life over? Is it societal conditioning or keeping up with the times?

What do you think, how many generations shall do that nice life that we have at the moment (do "we"?) Assembling and metabolizing the Dharma should point away from short-term perspectives. The Buddha -...
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Is there any significance to shaving the head?

I believe they shave their heads because they don't want to have attachments to the body or self image. They also don't use cosmetics, perfumes and so on... This is a very old practice, including the ...
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Why do Bhikkhunis have so many extra Vinaya rules?

Thanissaro Bhikkhu, in Access to Insight, says, Thus the Bhikkhunī Pāṭimokkha contains 85 rules for which there are no direct correspondences in the rules for the bhikkhus. Some writers have ...
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If a Buddhist believes lay life is not ideal for the practice, why does he or she continue?

Why does he or she continue? Because of clinging. Clinging to family, clinging to lovers, clinging to property, clinging to comforts, clinging to all kinds of sensual pleasures which the monastic ...
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Are all non-monastic ways of life wrong livelihood?

"Is it true that..." is a difficult question to answer. If you mean, according to a certain school, then yes, according to the Theravada, it is true, since an arahant is unable to practice ...
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What does a monk think on a day to day basis?

I'll disregard the emphasis on monks, because mindfulness isn't exclusive to monastics, and secondly, the monk as a super-hero trope needs some critical examination. Most monks, like 90% of them in ...
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Can one with eczema become a monk?

An explanation (including the origin story) of this rule is given on pages 194 through 195 of The Buddhist Monastic Code II -- The Khandhaka Rules Translated & Explained by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. It ...
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What is the reason why Buddhist monks don't work to support themselves? Do the monastic rules prohibit them from working?

I recommend you to read the Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta. Kasi Bharadvaja was a farmer who asked this exact question from the Buddha. Monks dedicate their lives to spiritual development. They do not have ...
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What is the purpose of not eating after noon?

In addition to the answers already provided which are quite accurate, one minor point that occurs to me is culture. For a long time in India yogis ate only one meal a day, even among Hindus. The ...
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What is the meaning behind different robe colors?

Tibetan lineages wear the maroon color of the cloak out during a Puja, and the yellow out if at giving a teaching.
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Patimokkha Rule On Bathing

It's Pācittiya 57: Should any bhikkhu bathe at intervals of less than half a month, except at the proper occasions, it is to be confessed. Here the proper occasions are these: the last month ...
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Did the Buddha form a monastery?

The Buddha often taught in forest groves, the most famous being Isipatana (Deer park) where he delivered his first lecture (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta), and Jetavana (Jeta Grove) (famously recorded ...
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What are the consequences of a monk eating meat?

As far as the theory of monastics eating meat is concerned, here are two enlightening videos/articles on the subject: Ask A Monk: Mark Zuckerberg, Vegetarianism and Killing The Bhikkhus' Rules A ...
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Monastics & Hygiene

Monks and nuns generally take good care of their bodies so they may be better able to continue to share the dharma with those who may benefit. They keep good hygiene of their robes and living quarters ...
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Ordination and support from parents

If they support you then it is OK. You should ask for support according to their faith and ability. Normally supporters and family are the same words in pali. It is listed in the Metta sutta as ...

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