daverupa wrote:I guess any modern monastically-demarcated area could have discussion and take a monastic vote, according to Vinaya, about whether or not to add certain rules for a specific location, in response to lay concern?
In a sense this is already permitted and practised.
In the injunction against creating new ordinances or abolishing existing ones, the term (paññatti
) indicates that the disapproved conduct is that of attempting to add to or substract from the canonical Vinaya corpus binding upon the whole of the monastic sangha. It does not, however, preclude the establishment of in-house rules binding only upon the monks residing in the monastery that establishes them. These are called 'decisions' (katikā
) and the sangha has been making them from very early days. We know this because one of the rules about appropriate conduct for a visiting monk is that when he first arrives in a monastery he should enquire of the resident monks concerning the katikā
that are in force in that community.