A proper preparation for becoming an anagarika

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Re: A proper preparation for becoming an anagarika

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:41 am

An Anagarika and Samanera both can not have jobs the life is a job.

but there is no reason an Anagarika could not have a job outside of the monastery to help support themselves, if necessary, but a Samanera couldn't unless it was something like what Bhikkhu Boddhi or Venerable Analayo has at university.
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Re: A proper preparation for becoming an anagarika

Postby befriend » Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:36 pm

why cant they have jobs? does the 8 precepts says something about not working? can i informally take the 8 precepts and still have a job. or is working breaking one of the precepts? metta, befriend.
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Re: A proper preparation for becoming an anagarika

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:19 pm

befriend wrote:why cant they have jobs? does the 8 precepts says something about not working? can i informally take the 8 precepts and still have a job. or is working breaking one of the precepts? metta, befriend.


An Anagarika is not the same as a Lay-person taking the 8 precepts on a long term basis, they are essentially the same as a postulate in christian monastic circles or in some cases a form of monastic at a monastery, so would have certain duties etc there.

there are some who have chosen it as a way of life as they find it beneficial, there have been 15/20 vassa Anagarikas in the west I have heard about, and in Asia they (although under a different name depending on the country) are Anagarikas due to a desire to be a monastic but unable to take on the robes due to some reason (possibly due to a physical problem like a missing leg,) but have the same robes, just white.
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