The purpose of monastic precepts

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2007.

Monastic ordination and precepts

  • Precepts are taken voluntarily
    • Difference between precepts and commandments
    • Precepts as a support
    • Protection taken voluntarily, not rules that are imposed involuntarily
  • History behind some precepts
  • On owning possessions and using money
  • On buying and selling

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 6 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Handling gold and silver
  • Donations
  • Conditions of taking precepts
  • Where to obtain more information about ordination
  • Role of lay practitioners when monastics misbehave

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session Q&A (download)

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