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.

Show description

Read Online or Download Buddhist Monastic Life: According to the Texts of the Theravada Tradition PDF

Best buddhism books

New PDF release: The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How

Buddhism asserts that we each one have the aptitude to unfastened ourselves from the felony of our difficulties. As practiced for greater than twenty-six hundred years, the method consists of operating with, instead of opposed to, our melancholy, anxiousness, and compulsions. We do that by way of spotting the routine methods our minds understand and react — the best way they deceive.

New PDF release: Buddhism in the Modern World: Adaptations of an Ancient

The heritage of Buddhism has been characterised by means of an ongoing rigidity among makes an attempt to maintain conventional beliefs and modes of perform and the necessity to adapt to altering cultural stipulations. Many advancements in Buddhist historical past, comparable to the infusion of esoteric rituals, the increase of devotionalism and lay hobbies, and the assimilation of warrior practices, mirror the impression of common social adjustments on conventional non secular constructions.

New PDF release: Early History of the Spread of Buddhism and the Buddhist

This paintings analyses the forces that helped within the propagation of Buddhism in India, and delineates the missionary actions of Buddha intimately. There are scholarly biographies of the nice instructor touching by the way on themes hooked up along with his missionary actions. Such sketches, information that have been laboriously accrued from the Buddhist scriptures and organized in this sort of method with a view to allow one to work out the main points approximately Buddha's occupation of their logical and chronological kinfolk so far as attainable, definitely have a price within the eyes of students attracted to the historical past of the unfold of Buddhism.

Extra info for Buddhist Monastic Life: According to the Texts of the Theravada Tradition

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Buddhist Monastic Life: According to the Texts of the Theravada Tradition by Mohan Wijayaratna

by John

Rated 4.73 of 5 – based on 23 votes