Following are prior postings saved from abandoned Burmese websites. They are reproduced at viewers’ requests. Opportune time, too. Buddha, himself, set up Vinaya monks’ rules. They protect and prolong the Sasana from wrongdoers. Bad priests breaking the Vinaya rules can destroy the Sasana. They smear other noble priests. They also scare away lay people.

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Myittha
Posted on: 2007/12/11 21:47

VINAYA RULES/WEE NEE – MONKS’ RULES OF CONDUCT/ CONFLICTING BEHAVIORS & USEFUL LESSONS

I FOUND THESE VINAYA RULES ON THE INTERNET. THEY ARE SIMPLE, COMPREHENSIVE, AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND.

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http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/ariyesako/layguide.html

The Bhikkhus’ Rules
A Guide for Laypeople

The Theravadin Buddhist Monk’s Rules
compiled and explained by
Bhikkhu Ariyesako

ADVANTAGES OF VINAYA RULES:


“Discipline is for the sake of restraint,


restraint for the sake of freedom from remorse,


freedom from remorse for the sake of joy,


joy for the sake of rapture,


rapture for the sake of tranquility,


tranquility for the sake of pleasure,


pleasure for the sake of concentration,


concentration for the sake of knowledge


and vision of things as they are,


knowledge and vision of things as they are


for the sake of disenchantment,


disenchantment for the sake of release,


release for the sake of knowledge and vision of release,


knowledge and vision of release


for the sake of total unbinding without clinging.”

(INTERPRETATION)

Vinaya rules are for maintaining discipline (and order). Though discipline involves restraint, it ensures a joyful and tranquil atmosphere necessary to freely pursue knowledge and wisdom ( or vision) in order to attain higher spiritual levels.

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