Monastic life and modern life’s Christmas mayhem.

Here I am again for my second stay in a Theravaden Forest Buddhist monastery here in Victoria, Australia Monastic Precepts Any monastic that stays at monastery is required to adhere to the appropriate precepts for their type of ordination. The accepted standards at monastery conform to what is found in both Bhikkhu (monk) and Bhikkhuni (nun) Patimokkhas (rules of conduct). The standards are: Bhikkhu/Bhikshu: 227 precepts (Mahayana & Vajrayana Bhikshus may have more precepts that they may wish to observe). Bhikkhuni/Bhikshuni: 311 precepts (Mahayana & Vajrayana Bhikshunis may have more precepts that they may wish to observe). Samanera/Samaneri: 10 precepts + Sekhiya rules (75 observances) Allowed by the Blessed One is the expulsion of a samanera (includes samaneri) endowed with (any) of these ten factors: 1. They are a killer of living beings; 2. They are a taker of what is not given; 3. They are not celibate; 4. They speak deceptively; 5. They drink alcohol; 6. They speak in

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My Forest Monastery experience.

I stayed with 8 nuns and one monk. I made friends with a layperson who is similar age. He is a fascinating guy. He has been living in Monasteries for 18 years and I have never met a person with such a deep spirituality. The male quarters are separated and talking to nuns on their own is forbidden. The nuns are lovely and the monk is friendly and all of the community friendly and hospitable. We all eat cook and clean together in community areas of the monastery. There is a lot of formality and rules that took me a while to adjust too. I was to loud and clumsy at times. Silence and mindfulness are a way of life for monastics. They offer lots of grace and encouragement, also gently reminders of the rules and etiquette. I adjusted reasonably well after first week and was made to feel part of the community. I had no phone, laptop or any

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Buddhist monastery and time to reflect.

Most of you know that I have been an avid student of Buddhist teaching lately. I have been reading from all different traditions. Theravāda ( linked to the“Hīnayāna”/ “Southern” school)  Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Texts in Pal East Asian tradition (Mahāyāna) (“Eastern”) China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam  Texts in Chines Tibetan tradition (Vajrayāna) (“Northern”) Tibet, Mongolia, Nepal Texts in Tibetan (and Mongolian) 1 The term “Buddhism” refers to a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over some 2,500 years. Geographically it takes in the greater part of Asia. Living Buddhism divides into three broad traditions. All three traditions look back to ancient Buddhism in the land of India. India was the homeland of Buddhism but it died out there over 500 years ago. (DEFINE C.E. and BCE). It is one thing to study traditions academically but totally different to experience them. I have been looking around for some time now. My search has

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