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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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Can Mahayana Monks ordain Theravadins?

I wonder if Mahayanabhikkhus can perform a Theravadin ordination and have the ordination be recognized as valid by the Theravadin bhikkhusangha without doing dalhikamma? What if the theravadins do a ...
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Right situation for Teaching Dhamma or giving advice

I often find that in real life people I know are doing things in a "wrong" way. By this I not only mean profound things related to Dhamma, but also small everyday things. Because of these ...
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Is fire-making allowed?

Fire ceremonies are likely categorized as ‘rites and rituals’, but is/was the basic usage of fire for warmth prohibited by monastic rules?
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at a Vesak today at a temple with mixed lineages,. We had to wait to eat until the monks finished. Is this the norm in Buddhist cultures?

I felt this was unfair and somewhat misleading, too, because there were many very elderly laypeople, plus some of the Bhikkhus might not be part of the Aryan (enlightened) Sangha and some of the Lay ...
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Is S. Dhammika's book The Broken Buddha, a misleading angry reaction?

Recently I happened to read the following review and comments about the book "The Broken Buddha." The Broken Buddha and its Implications The Broken Buddha: The revenge of the unfaithful monk ...
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Pali Patimokkha versions and recital

Is there a standardized version of Pali Patimokkha to be memorized? Is there a difference in the recital of the Pali Patimokkha among the monks?
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Should an Arahant become an unwanted burden to his caretaker?

The following sutta quote suggests that under the stated conditions, an Arahant should forcibly remain an unwanted burden or guest to a specific individual caretaker, even if sent away (or dismissed - ...
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Must an Arahant stay forever in their place of enlightenment?

Take another case of a mendicant who lives close by a jungle thicket. As they do so, their mindfulness becomes established, their mind becomes immersed in samādhi, their defilements come to an end, ...
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Does the Pali word "vinaya" in the suttas always refer to the Vinaya Piṭaka?

I read the following comment on the secular internet in relation to the closing paragraphs of DN 2, where a King or layperson made an admission of a moral transgression/sin to the Buddha: Yes that ...
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Using money and improper dependency of monks on householders?

If one reads this quote by a monk, who is referring to donations to SuttaCentral: ...For the past week or so, we’ve been actually losing money on Stripe: paying more in settlement fees than we get in ...
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What happens to the abusive monk?

I know a person who is fairly expert on Dhamma and in early times practised well; meditating up to 10 hours per day. But today this person spends at least five hours per day doing physical ...
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Causing lose of property, wealth, access in modern times: downfall transgression or just a 'virtual gaming'?

What does one think, to reflect and investigate: If a Bhikkhu would do efforts that finally lead to lose for at least a non-Bhikkhu (lay man, novice...), such would be easy a downfall transgression (...
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Did eating less cause dietary problems for ascetics like Buddha?

I have heard that Buddha was eating similar to one meal a day. Is this true? Would this not lead to severe constipation? Was it common for ascetics to take medicines to help purge the food waste ...
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What are the prescription regarding a bhikkhu or a monastery having a lay-attendant?

I am curious about vinaya regulations & accounts otherwise relevant to a householder's attending to the bhikkhusangha. Of interest are lay attendants in particular, how far one can go in being ...
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Were monastic training texts written down during the Buddha's life?

It seems a commonly held notion that the actual written text of Buddhadharma were only recorded well after the life of the Buddha. However, this sutta seems to indicate that was not so: "Take a ...
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How can the Buddha (after he was enlightened) reflect that he was not at ease and then became at ease in seclusion?

This is from the Theravada Vinaya: While he was staying by himself, the Buddha thought, “When I was previously surrounded by people, I was not at ease because of those monks at Kosambī who were ...
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Are the Five Precepts a gradual training?

In this answer it's said that the Five Precepts are not a form of gradual training. Are they are a gradual training? If not, why? Thank you for your time.
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Are monastics allowed to wear lay disciple's clothing?

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammāsambuddhassa (x3) In regards to the spreading of buddhist monasteries in the west within climates being rather different than that in Asia, I've seen pictures of ...
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Does the Vinaya forbid drinking while giving or listening to dhamma talks?

Possibly the greatest thing in the world that makes my blood boil and my mind to become enraged in Cultural Marxist and SJW offendedness, anger and uncontrollable rage is seeing individuals drinking ...
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Can a monk live with a male lay person?

I've found a similar question; Are theravada monks allowed to stay in lay people's house? However it was asked by a woman and nobody answered otherwise. What i wonder is if there are any ...
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What are the relevant vinaya guidelines if a bhikkhu was to find a likely abandoned dwelling?

Suppose a bhikkhu living in the forest was to come across an abandoned shelter not frequented for several years. Dwelling is clearly in decay and not maintained, with spider webs & hornet's nest ...
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Are there any sila / vinaya for mind?

There are five precepts. I don't kill living species. I don't do sexual miaconduct. ........ Similary, Are there any for mind ? Like, I don't think ...... .... We can think according to the five ...
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How to not to attach to the vinaya?

I feel very guilty when I break the vinaya / shila. Now it became a couse for suffering. Some times I feel very bad about people who not follows vinaya. How do I get out of this ? How to follow vinaya ...
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Why vinaya forbids monk to ordain physically handicapped?

Isn't this a kind of "opposite to empathy, compassion, metta"? Nowdays, householders(not all) have cruel behaviour towards handicapped ones. If monk also declines to help, would that be called as ...
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Do any modern ("free-thinking") monks or monastic orders discard elements of the Vinaya?

Yesterday I spent some time studying one of the Vinayas and, completely honestly, I couldn't help but think that some of the rules were shockingly superstitious even by the standards of most of the ...
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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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Monks, their hospitalization and their medical treatment

I have questions regarding hospitalization and its morals 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 request ...
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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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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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Fecal and Urine medicines, what are the recipes?

A medicine may be made of the “four great filthy things”: excrement, urine, ashes, and clay A bhikkhu’s basic medicinal support is puti-mutta-bhesajja, which translates literally as “rancid urine ...
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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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