Mr Man wrote: pilgrim wrote:
Can one of the dour-faces please point out exactly which Vinaya rule is being transgressed?
Why is that relevant and why the "dour-faces" comment?
The Vinaya business is relevant because it is claimed that Ven B's tacky way of trying to raise money for the bhikkhunis is a violation of the Vinaya. Ven B may very well be guilty of bad taste, as it were, but I rather doubt that someone of Ven B's standing and knowledge would so blatantly violate the Vinaya. Vinaya violation does, however, serve as a potent way of condemning what the dour see as unseemly behaviour of a monk. As for the dour-faced comments, that goes to those who see no humor in what Ven B is doing. It is tacky, but it is also funny. But we cannot have funny, no laughter, no play. I have not been a fan of Ven Brahm, but this stunt has raised my estimation of him up, if just in contrast to the puritanical who are simply too rigid to see anything other than their expectations and are upset that their expectation are not being met by some one.
The Path of Discrimination (Patisambhidamagga by Sariputta) p. 372, para XXI 17. "With much laughter, blitheness, content and gladness he realizes the ultimate meaning, nibbana, thus it is laughing understanding."
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.
There is freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning. If there were not this freedom from birth, freedom from becoming, freedom from making, freedom from conditioning, then escape from that which is birth, becoming, making, conditioning, would not be known here. -- Ud 80
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.
dheamhan a fhios agam
Damned if I know.