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Tom
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Monastery questions

Postby Tom » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:35 pm

This is a section of Bodhi Monastery's day schedule according to this website: http://bodhimonastery.org/daily-life.html:
Daily
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Chanting Liturgy (Not open to public)
5:05 pm – 6:00 pm Sitting meditation (Not open to public)



Is not opening these activites to the public during certain times, in accord with the Pali Canon? Can anyone provide textual references?

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Re: Monastery questions

Postby James the Giant » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:44 pm

Hmm, that's interesting. All the other monasteries I have visited are open for quiet respectful public people to attend at any time.
Ah, except for one Tibetan monastery (Gelug), where I could not attend the chanting because you had to have been initiated, or have had a transmission or something. Maybe this monastery is the same, since it's a bit Mahayana. You could ask over on the more Mahayana http://www.dharmawheel.com

Sorry, I don't know about any suttas, but it would seem reasonable for the monks and residents to have a nice private time once a day, especially if they are in a busy monastery popular with the public.
I know of some Ajahns who give private talks to their monks, and if a member of the public wants to attend, they have to formally apply to listen.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
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Re: Monastery questions

Postby Ananda26 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:02 pm

Tom wrote:This is a section of Bodhi Monastery's day schedule according to this website: http://bodhimonastery.org/daily-life.html:
Daily
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Chanting Liturgy (Not open to public)
5:05 pm – 6:00 pm Sitting meditation (Not open to public)



Is not opening these activites to the public during certain times, in accord with the Pali Canon? Can anyone provide textual references?


Buddha instructed the monks to practice seclusion. In Middle Length Discourse #122 he explained about being persistent in seeking Buddha's teaching.

Bhavana Meditation Society is in High View,West Virginia. You could ask them to send a schedule of activities. One of the advantages of staying there during non-retreat times is the reciting. He makes everyone recite together with English and Pali. There Bhavana recitation books and you can ask them to send you one or ask when you are visiting there. There is plenty of meditation during the retreat times and meditation during the non-retreat times too.


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