The Buddha’s life story and how monasticism adapted to different cultures.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2018)
The story of Venerable Ratthapala, a young man in the Buddha’s times who vowed that he would die if his parents refused him permission to ordain.
The story of Venerable Ratthapala and his response to a king who asked why he ordained while still young..
The story of Venerable Sudina, a monk whose transgression occasioned the first monastic precept.
Continuing the story of Sudina, where the Buddha explains 10 reasons for laying down the first monastic precept.
History and status of full ordination for women.
The six harmonies of the Sangha described by the Buddha: physical, verbal, mental, keeping precepts, views, and sharing requisites.
The three kinds of precepts (pratimoksa, bodhisattva, and tantric) and how the first two reasons for precepts promote harmony in the sangha.
The other advantages of monastic precepts: to transform society, to bring about individual liberation, and to ensure the longevity of the Dharma.
Discussing the commitments that monastics make when ordaining and the benefits monasteries provide society.