whynotme wrote:Dear all,
If I remember correctly, there is a rule doesn't allow monks to use vehicles. If it is true, then how could monks travel great distance?
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/bud ... qmonks.htm
FAQ. 12: Are monks allowed to own and/or drive vehicles? Is this allowed by the Vinaya? If it does not go against the Vinaya, would it still be socially acceptable, given the monk's spiritual status in society?
A: There is a specific rule against bhikkhus owning vehicles.
Obviously, 'motor vehicles' were not available in the Buddha's time and most travel would have been on foot. However, there was the case:
...when the group-of-six bhikkhus went in a vehicle yoked with cows and bulls, they were criticized by the lay people. The Buddha then established a fault of Wrong-doing for a bhikkhu to travel in a vehicle; later illness was exempted from this guideline...
Travelling in a vehicle in the Buddha's time was an extravagance.
A strict application of this training in Thailand is not allowing bhikkhus to drive or own vehicles, and (officially) not to ride on motorcycles.
Bhikkhus were allowed to use ferry boats, etc. (In Thailand, bhikkhus from riverside monasteries will go on alms round by boat.)
There are rules forbidding a bhikkhu from riding in a vehicle unless he is ill, in which case he may ride in a handcart or a cart yoked with a bull. In modern times, ill is interpreted here as meaning too weak to reach one's destination on foot in the time available, and the allowance for a cart yoked with a bull is extended to cover motorized vehicles such as automobiles, airplanes, and trucks, but not to motorcycles or bicycles, as the riding position in the latter cases is more like riding on an animal's back. There is also a rule allowing a bhikkhu to ride in a sedan-chair, although the origin story to that rule suggests that the allowance is intended specifically for a bhikkhu too ill to ride in a vehicle. In discussing these rules, the Commentary states that the sedan-chair may be carried by women or men, and the vehicle may be driven by a woman or a man (although see the discussion under Pc 67 in BMC1). Even then, though, the Commentary does not extend permission for the bhikkhu to drive the vehicle himself. Thus it is improper for a bhikkhu to drive a motorized vehicle of any sort.
cooran wrote:Hello Bhante, all,
what about monks who use tractors and slashers solely on monastery land to make the area safe against bushfires and against deadly snakes?
with metta and respect,
Suffering is asking from life what it can never give you.
cooran wrote:Dear Bhante,
Thanks for the information. The two monks at Bodhi Tree forest Monastery near Lismore use a tractor and slasher to cut the grass. Most lay people don’t have the knowledge/skills to do this nowadays, and those that do live too far away.
With metta and respect,