|Posted by Tiki on April 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM|
Monastics also observe :
*Chastity ( let go of sensuality, sexuality, lust): Through personal resolve or will power alone, it is possible to be celibate for some years. During these years it is necessary to enter jhana to develop wisdom that will permanently uproot the defilement of lust. Without jhana and wisdom, the underlying tendency to lust will arise when the condition is right. The desire to disrobe and get marry may come up .
9. Abstain from high or luxurious sleeping places to avoid the temptation to overindulge in sleeping when there is no business to tend to. When overindulge in sleeping , sloth and torpor could set in instead of building up mental energy. Your practice can become too lax to yield any result.
10. Not accepting gold , silver, money.
Lessening Desires - Not having money mean that even if a person on the path want to give in to his/her unnecessary desires, it is difficult for them to do so.
Allowing the Mind to Settle - Not participating in the rat race mean they are able to enter retreat and allow the mind to settle. Therefore , creating the internal conducive condition for "Right Stillness/ Concentration" to develop.
" Gone forth he becomes a trainer in the life of a bhikkhu. He gives up hurting living things, lay aside stick and weapon, conscientious, merciful, he abides arousing compassion for all living beings. Abandoning the taking of what is not given, taking only what is given, expecting only what is given, not stealing he abides in purity. Abstaining from low sexual intercourse, and living apart . Abandoning false speech , he adheres to truth, becomes reliable and trustworthy and abides without a dispute with the world. Gives up malicious speech. Hearing it here does not say it elsewhere, to divide these. Hearing elsewhere does not say it here to divide those; thus he unites those who are divided, promotes unity. Fond of unity talks words to unite. Abandoning harsh speech, saying gentle words that go straight to the heart of all. Abandoning gossip, he speaks at the right time, speaks what is fact, speaks on what is good, speaks on the Dhamma and the Discipline; at the right time he speaks words that are worth recording, reasonable, moderate, and beneficial. Abstains from destroying seeds and plants. Partaking one meal a day, abstains from eating at night and outside proper time. Abstains from dance, singing, music, shows, wearing garlands, perfumes, personal adornment. Abstains from high and large couches . Abstains from accepting gold and silver, uncooked rice and uncooked meat. Abstains from accepting women and girls, slaves, men or women. Abstains from accepting goats and cows, fowl and pigs, elephants, cattle, horses and mares. Abstains from accepting fields and wealth, and from going on errands and running messages. Abstains from buying and selling and unfair ways of weighing and measuring. Abstains from accepting bribes, deceiving, defrauding, and trickery. Abstains from wounding, murdering, binding, brigandage, plunder, and violence. Contented with robes to protect the body, and with almsfood to maintain the stomach, taking only these with him wherever he goes. Like the bird that fly with its wings as its only burden. Likewise contented with robes to protect the body and with almsfood to maintain the stomach, and wherever he goes takes only these with him. Endowed with this mass of virtues, he experiences the pleasure of blamelessness internally." - MN 51: Kandaraka Sutta.
Categories: Purity and Simplicity For Monastic