Monastic precepts

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2006.

The sangha

  • Development of the sangha community: diversity
  • Guidelines for living together
  • Precepts cover two kinds of faults: naturally negative and those which the Buddha prohibited
  • Explanation of Pratimoksha and Vinaya
  • Rise of the monastic universities around 5th century AD with emphasis on debate: Buddhism spread to Tibet
  • What is Dharma and what is culture?

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 4, 1-3 (download)

Keeping Precepts

  • Classification of vows for fully ordained monastics
    • Defeats
    • Remainders/Suspensions
  • Purpose of having novice ordination—a stepping stone to full ordination

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 4, 2-3 (download)

Keeping Precepts (continued)

  • Classification of vows (continued)
    • Lapses with forfeiture
  • Handling money in today’s context

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 4, 3-3 (download)

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