How a monastic interacts with others

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2013.

  • Remaining mindful of the body, speech and mind
  • Paying attention to body language and sensations: how we respond
  • Providing Dharma advice to lay persons, but not interfering
08 Exploring Monastic Life 08-18-13

Just as a bee feeding on flowers
Does not spoil their color or fragrance,
But just extracts their flavor.
So a bhiksu(ni) entering an inhabited place
Does not interfere with others’ affairs
Or notice what they do or do not do,
But is mindful of her own behavior
Whether correct or incorrect.

That is the vinaya of Tathagata Krakucchanda, the unattached one, the fully enlightened one.

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