Future Bhikkhu wrote:I know that it states in the vinaya that they may not.
Future Bhikkhu wrote:I don't think I should worry about it because I'm not going to commit it. I will stay with Theradava. I guess the rules need to be tough or else the tradition wouldn't last.
Future Bhikkhu wrote:That is true. Another thing I read was that if the monk falls into defeat but admits his weakness then it is not treated the same. Does admitting weakness lighten the punishment?
Also, if a monk kills an animal, what seriousness of offence does it come under?
Bankei wrote:I recall seeing a Thai TV show where they investigated this monk who was doing naughty things like tattooing a lady on the breast alone in his kuti (caught on video) and other things. He was disrobed by the abbot and sent on his way. The show then tracked him down in another town where he simply reordained. They tried to have the abbot disrobe him again, but the abbot refused.......
So I imagine it would be possible to re-ordain in a different area where no one knows you, but this sort of thing is becoming increasingly difficult because of modern technology such as news reports and internet etc.
That is correct, though I am not sure if it was implied that the monk did have sex with women as well.
However, in Thailand the Sangha leadership often disrobes monks for all sorts of 'offences'. The famous monk, and now nationalist, Phra Bodhirak, was disrobed, stripped of his robes, his offence was being politically troublesome (and claiming he was the reincarnation of Sariputta).
There are also frequent stories in the Thai newspapers about drunken monks, monks singing karaoke with women etc and being forcedly disrobed too. I think the authority to do this is in the Sangha Act.