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Theravada Monasticism

Postby Dhammakid » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:22 am

Greetings everyone.
Most of my questions concerning monasticism were answered on E-Sangha, but I figured since I'm always coming up with more, I might as well start a thread so I and others can ask and answer questions.

My lastest question: sleep. I know sleep can be an attachment, as it often is the reason why I choose not to practice at night. What about monastics - how much sleep does a forest monk normally get? When do monks settle down for the night? Where do they sleep - outside, in kutis or somewhere else?

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Postby jcsuperstar » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:18 am

i dont want to seem disrespectful here but there are monks that really just do nothing. well thats not true, they eat and sleep and i've seen a monk who added to that by reading comics all day.
there are also monks that never meditate. monks that seem to know nothing about buddhism, many many different kinds of monks.

the only real time constraints put on a monk are when he can eat, so he'll get up for food, after that everything pretty much depends on his self discipline (or lack of).
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Re: Theravada Monasticism

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:50 am

Greetings JC,

That's pretty sad. Do you know the motivations of those monks... the reasons they went forth?

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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สัพเพ สัตตา สุขีตา โหนตุ

the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: Theravada Monasticism

Postby Dhammakid » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:46 am

Hello Bhante,
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me, I really do appreciate it. It gives me a better idea of what I can look for when I'm ready to ordain. I hope I can find a monastery that fits as well as Benjama fits for you. I guess I'll just have to do a lot of searching around and seeing what's comfortable.

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Postby andyebarnes67 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:23 pm

I know Ajahn Chah was of the opinion that many monks (and lay) spend far too much time sleeping and if memory serves, he advocated around just 4 hours as night as adequate.
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