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Vinaya : “The Four Disrobing Offences”

Vinaya : “The Four Disrobing Offences” by Ajahn Brahmavamso The core of the monastic discipline is a list of rules called the Patimokkha. In the bhikkhu-patimokkha (for the monks) there are 227 rules, while in the bhikkhuni-patimokkha (for the nuns) there are 311 rules. The first four rules in the …

Vinaya : ‘Monks and Money’

Vinaya : ‘Monks and Money’ by Ajahn Brahmavamso ‘Monks, there are these four stains because of which the sun and moon glow not, shine not, blaze not. What are these four? Rain clouds… snow clouds… smoke and dust… and an eclipse. Even so, monks, there are these four stains because …

‘Vinaya’ : The body of monastic rules and traditions

“Vinaya” is a generic name given to the code of discipline of the Buddhist Monastic Order, the rules of the monkhood. “Vinaya” literally means “leading out,” because maintenance of these rules “leads out” of unskillful actions, and, by extension, unskillful states of mind; in addition it can be said to …