By Mohan Wijayaratna

ISBN-10: 0521367085

ISBN-13: 9780521367080

This ebook presents a bright and distinctive photo of the lifestyle and non secular practices of Buddhist clergymen and nuns within the vintage interval of Theravada Buddhism. the writer describes the best way the Buddha's disciples institutionalized and ritualized his teachings approximately foodstuff, gown, cash, chastity, solitude, and discipleship. this custom represents an awesome of spiritual lifestyles that has been in India and South Asia for greater than thousand years. The creation by means of Steven Collins describes Theravada Buddhist literature, discusses the problem of the historic reliability of the texts, and gives huge feedback for additional studying. The publication can be of curiosity to students and scholars in Asian experiences, spiritual stories, anthropology, and heritage.

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The criticisms came to the Buddha's ears: he forbade members of the Community to use certain things in the monasteries, such as large cushions, divans, bedspreads of thick fur, woollen bedspreads printed with flowers, cotton bedspreads printed with animal figures, bedside rugs, carpets brocaded with gold or silk, thick woollen carpets, deer or leopard skins, beds with a canopy or decked with crimson cushions on one or both sides, and so forth (Vin 1192). When King Pasenadi Kosala's grandmother died, the king gave her furniture to the Community, but these royal pieces did not conform to the rule.

5. 6. w . 14-15, 24-25). Still today in Sri Lanka when Buddhists give a monastery or ground for a monastery to the Community, they observe this custom. The monks drew water from these wells to take baths, and they could keep their robes in these "rooms next to wells," which were small huts built alongside. Lamotte (88) pp. 17ft. ] These creepers and grasses were used for ropes, basketwork, mattresses, and other things. [The content of this message is described in Chapter 3, pp. 534] Chapter 3 Clothing Just as a bird takes its wings with it wherever it flies, so the monk takes his robes and his begging-bowl with him wherever he goes; he is content with robes for his body and a begging-bowl for his stomach.

A young girl from a brahmin family called Canda, had lost everything when her parents died in an epidemic, and found herself out on the street. One day, when the venerable nun Patacara was eating her meal, Canda came up to her. The nun gave her some food, taught her the Doctrine and had her join the Community, where, after practicing the methods of inner progress, she became an Arahant (Thi 122126, ThI-a 120). These people were not in a very good social or economic position, and had no reason to miss life in the world.

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