Good questions. And what about health care insurance?
pink_trike wrote:Good questions. And what about health care insurance?
I've always wondered about the practicalities of what a bhikkhu does when they enter into the homeless life, with the intention of being committeed to it for life. (i.e. not a Thai teenager who is becoming a monk, knowing full well it's likely to be for a limited duration)
In sorting out their affairs, do they generally give their wealth and assets to their closest family members? To charity? To the monastery they are joining?
All of the above...
What kind of personal items can a bhikkhu keep from his lay-life and use in a Dhammic capacity? e.g. What about a laptop, used as a reference tool, to communicate with others. What about things like Dhamma books etc. which they may already own and have a practical use for? What about his toothbrush?!
All of the above...and more...
Could they for example donate their superannuation to the monestary to help pay for things for the Sangha (e.g. dental care, doctor's bills, supplies, construction materials) and so on?
I realise it's a pretty broad-brush question... so feel free to reply in kind, or with whatever you think may be of interest to others.
To people ever leave things in safe-keeping with relatives or friends just on the off chance that things mightn't go to plan and they return to the household life?
Human nature being what it is...undoubtedly...
That is one that I am more conflicted about. I have no problem reducing it to a robe, bowl, toothbrush, razor and a sieve for water. If you would like to share a toothbrush you can keep it from then on. Thread, fingers and tongue will work for that. Health care is great but one is expected to settle for one's own urine if necessary and I can live with the consequences of that even given what we know medically at present. Sickness, old age and death are going to happen for sure and I think socially that we are in many ways overly obsessed with preventing them at any great cost for a very few as opposed to offering more basic or rudimentary forms of care to far more human beings along with far better health care guidance and policies overall.TheDhamma wrote:Monks are allowed to keep the 8 Requisites, but I have heard that in practice, some monks have kept more than that. Certainly a laptop would be useful and used for spreading Dhamma, such as communicating here on Dhamma Wheel and other forums.
nathan wrote:Most of these things that I have seen at monasteries have belonged to the non-profit society that actually controls those assets. That seems acceptable to me so long as the board has a significant representation and legal voting involvement by both the lay and ordained members...
I think I can see how that would be so. I've long taken the pov that there is no point learning how to let go of my body and mind if I can't drop all the other junk at a moments notice. Thanks much for the perspectives. It is best to approach things with the appropriate respect and prudence. Short of being informed beforehand one is risking appearing or behaving inappropriately without intending so. That's the kinds of concerns for those who are setting out in a sincere pursuit of good results.appicchato wrote:nathan wrote:Most of these things that I have seen at monasteries have belonged to the non-profit society that actually controls those assets. That seems acceptable to me so long as the board has a significant representation and legal voting involvement by both the lay and ordained members...
This scenario may seem equitable in the Occidental sense, but is not in the Oriental...again, monasteries(in Asia) are not democracies...
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