Monastic life
Parent topic: Renunciant practice
Subtopics: Monastic life/Motivation, Ordination, Mentoring, Vinaya, Mutual lay/Saṅgha support, Saṅgha, Perception of a samaṇa, Respect, Ascetic practices, Monastic crafts, Types of monks, Women's monastic forms, Disrobing
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The Teaching and the Training, Session 10Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 28, 2018

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8. “What encouragement or adjustments in their lives have you given struggling monks that have helped them remain in robes?” [Monastic life] [Disrobing] // [Tudong] [Teaching Dhamma]


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9. Comment: I've heard that you advise monks contemplating disrobing to recollect their initial intention why they became a monk. [Monastic life] [Disrobing] [Monastic life/Motivation]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno.


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10. “What role does spending time at other monasteries play in our training?” [Monastic life] [Abhayagiri] // [Wat Pah Nanachat] [Saṅgha]


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11. “What are guidelines you might advise monks as to where to go for their third or fifth Vassa?” [Monastic life] [Sequence of training] [Long-term practice] // [Culture/Thailand]


The Teaching and the Training, Session 11Ajahn Pasanno – Mar. 29, 2018

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1. “How can those just entering monastic life lay a good foundation?” [Monastic life] // [Vinaya] [Right View] [Ajahn Chah] [Virtue] [Stream entry] [Four Noble Truths] [Kamma] [Generosity] [Greed] [Communal harmony] [Happiness] [Gratitude]

Sutta: SN 55.1: Sīla of a stream enterer

Sutta: MN 117: The Great Forty


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3. Comment: It sounds like teachings about rebirth and teachers speaking about their experience of rebirth are out there. Whether people pick it up or not, you leave it up to them. [Rebirth] [Teaching Dhamma] [Monastic life]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno. [Ajahn Pasanno] [Ajahn Chah] [Faith]


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4. “At the beginning of this retreat, Tan Ajahn Anan advised us, "Don't forget Nibbāna." How do we orient ourselves towards Nibbāna?” [Nibbāna] [Ajahn Anan] [Monastic life] // [Dispassion] [Cessation of Suffering] [Etymology] [Stream entry]

Sutta: AN 10.60: Girimānanda Sutta [Cessation]

Sutta: SN 56.11: "Whatever is of the nature to arise, that is of the nature to cease." [Conditionality]

Quote: “[The goal] is incredibly worthy, and it is not beyound our capability and means to experience.” [Direct experience]


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5. “I was reading the book Hooked about desire, consumerism, and society. The author writes about the desire to know things. How does the desire to know relate to practice?” [Desire] [Monastic life] // [Cause of Suffering] [Cessation of Suffering] [Bases of Success] [Sensual desire] [Craving]

Sutta: SN 51.15: The path has an end. [Great disciples]


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6. “Do the Four Iddhipādas apply to the way we develop sammā sati and sammā samādhi?” [Bases of Success] [Right Mindfulness] [Right Concentration] [Monastic life] // [Progress of insight]


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7. “So you've asked all your questions?” [Questions] [Teaching Dhamma] [Ajahn Pasanno] [Monastic life]


The New Ajahn Chah Biography, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Apr. 21, 2018

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1. Quote: “Ajahn Chah tried to make practice into everything we were doing, whether we were monastics or laypeople.” [Ajahn Chah] [Continuity of mindfulness] [Monastic life] [Lay life] // [Work]


Chanting, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 2, 2018

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2. Story: The Buddha asks a monk to recite the Aṭṭhakavagga (Snp Chapter 4) (Ud 5.6). [Buddha/Biography] [Monastic life] [Sutta] [Chanting]


The Path of Practice, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 15, 2019

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7. “How do discoveries about the gut microbiome fit in with the Buddha's teachings?” [Science] [Dhamma] // [Not-self] [Self-identity view] [Mindfulness of body] [Clear comprehension] [Naturalness]

Follow-up: “How does the relate to monks who subsist on almsfood and sometimes don't get enough, considering that the gut is controlling the brain?” [Monastic life] [Almsfood] [Health] [Ajahn Soṇa] [Mutual lay/Saṅgha support]

Sutta: AN ??.?? - Stay where the practice advances, not where the requisites are.


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10. “Is Dtao Dum just for monks?” [Dtao Dum] [Monastic life] [Lay life] // [Environment]


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12. “When you weren't getting enough food, had you been older and smarter, would you have been able, as a monk, to ask for vegetables?” [Ajahn Pasanno] [Monastic life] [Health] [Vinaya] [Almsfood] // [Mutual lay/Saṅgha support] [Generosity]


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15. “Was there specific advice from the Buddha to the monks about [advising a dying person]?” [Monastic life] [Death] // [Sickness] [Compassion] [Goodwill]

Vinaya: Kd 26.7: Attributes of a carer.


Love, Attachment, and Friendship, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Oct. 12, 2019

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3. “My natural tendency is to push the world away and to have the attitude that enjoyment is wrong. I'm working on trying to enjoy life. Do you have any ideas about this?” [Craving not to become] [Christianity] [Hinduism] [Ascetic practices] [Happiness] [Skillful qualities] // [Monastic life] [Ajahn Sucitto] [Guilt/shame/inadequacy] [Culture/West]

The Rule of St. Benedict and Ajahn Sucitto's talk "Fellow Worms." [Monastic life] [Humility]

Story: A BBC interviewer asks King Rama IX about original sin. [Media] [Culture/Thailand] [Nature of mind]

Causal processes leading to sāmadhi and dispassion have different starting points, but they all go through delight and happiness. [Conditionality] [Concentration] [Dispassion]

Quote: “Monks, do not be afraid of puñña.” — Iti 22 [Monastic life] [Merit] [Fear] [Liberation]

Quote: “The happy mind is easily concentrated.”


Developing Skill in Reflective Meditation, Session 2Ajahn Ñāṇiko and Ajahn Pasanno – Dec. 1, 2019

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3. “You mentioned the example of the monk who wanted to commit suicide and then he remembered his virtue and that uplifted him. In the Saṃyutta Nikaya there are a few instances where monks committeed suicide, but the Buddha said they attained Nibbāna (SN 22.87 Vakkali; SN 35.87 Channa). How is that possible?” Answered by Ajahn Ñāṇiko. [Monastic life] [Suicide] [Sutta] [Buddha/Biography] [Recollection] [Nibbāna] // [Jhāna] [Māra] [Saṃsāra] [Delusion]


Stanford Community Dhamma DiscussionAjahn Pasanno – Apr. 25, 2020

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1. “What is your favorite thing you've gotten from monastic life?” [Ajahn Pasanno] [Monastic life/Motivation] // [Virtue] [Teachers] [Contentment]

Quote: “You really get to see the best of the human condition as a monastic. That's a real treat.” [Human] [Monastic life]


Tea Time Q&A with Ajahn PasannoAjahn Pasanno – May. 16, 2021

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5. “How to reach the state of peace and serenity when we're just human beings and we strive to be good people?” [Tranquility] [Equanimity] [Human] [Virtue] // [Happiness] [Generosity] [Association with people of integrity] [Hearing the true Dhamma] [Hindrances]

Sutta: DN 2: Sāmaññaphala Sutta - Fruits of the Holy Life

Quote: When asked about his attainments as a monk, “I'm just really happy about all the things I didn't do.” — Ajahn Pasanno [Ajahn Pasanno] [Stages of awakening] [Monastic life] [Sense restraint]


Q&A at Sudhana CenterAjahn Pasanno – Jul. 12, 2023

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4. “I notice that some of the monks at Abhayagiri use social media. As a youngster, I use a lot of social media. You grew up when there was none. What's your view on how it's affecting our mind?” [Social media] [Monastic life] [Abhayagiri] [Ajahn Pasanno]


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7. “What's the feeling of wearing the same color for 50 years?” [Monastic life] [Robes] // [Culture/West]