Reasons for monastic precepts

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

Why establish precepts

  • To promote harmony within the sangha
    • To direct the monastics
    • To make monastics peaceful and happy
    • To protect monastics
  • To transform the society
    • To inspire those without faith
    • To advance the practice of those with faith
  • To bring about individual liberation
    • To restrain the restive
    • To stabilize those with a sense of integrity
    • To eliminate present defilements
    • To prevent defilements from arising in the future
  • The ultimate goal
    • For the Dharma to be forever sustained

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 8b (download)

Questions and answers

  • Support from lay followers
  • Ultimate purpose of ordination
  • Confessing vows that were not completely broken
  • Monastic confession in a mixed community

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 8b Q&A (download)

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