I am in the process of untangling myself from the effects of some damaging teachings I received by a questionable monk whom I took refuge under several years ago.
My question concerns the development of sila, samadhi and panne. Am I right in saying that concentration and wisdom cannot develop in the absence of ethical conduct, or at best just a weak form of wisdom can be achieved?
I was observing the five precepts, abstaining from intoxicants. This particular teacher suggested that I was 'fixated' on developing moral conduct and that I needed to drink to let go of this fixation. His justification was that once you've let go of attachment to such things as alcohol, money, etc you are free to engage in their use and live in the world. I've never seen a monk drink alcohol like this guy, not to mention taking students out for cocktails and drinks at his retreats.
What on earth is a monk doing encouraging students to break the five precepts? What on earth is monk doing breaking the most basic precepts?
Anyone should at least be honest with others and oneself that they are not observing precepts, rather than wriggling their way out and trying to justify breaking them. I haven't seen anywhere in the suttas the Lord Buddha saying I have now abandoned all conditioned existence, time to indulge in drugs, alcohol and sex because I'm no longer attached, right?
Thanks for your advice