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We can't all ordain...right?

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Re: We can't all ordain...right?

Postby chownah » Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:09 am

hermitwin,
I agree that to think of this in terms of some specific avocation being over represented in society is not very likely and not very productive but the direction that technology is headed we very well could get to the point where half of the people on the world will not need to work......and it might not take a really long time for this to happen except for the fact that the present economy requires continual growth so the existing economy will have to change in some way it seems as technology takes over what are now human tasks. This is a situation which is sort of similar to the OP and one that is really more serious and plausible I think.......there are several issues that might be raised concerning how this might play out.
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Re: We can't all ordain...right?

Postby BlindJoeDeath » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:17 pm

Thanks to everyone who answered this without being so critical. It wasn't a serious burning question of mine, just something I thought was interesting. I hardly see how it compares to being a teacher seeing as teachers have a salary. The whole point was that monks are reliant upon the lay community for purposes of food and nowadays donations as well. I never was under the belief that this would be happening at some point in the future.


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Re: We can't all ordain...right?

Postby Viscid » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:26 pm

I've been meaning to ask this question generally for a while:

Would a monastery have to break totally from the Theravadin tradition if they wish to be self-sufficient? (Farming, perhaps, or selling products such as pottery or food.) I fantasize about a Theravadin monastery that operates much like a Trappist monastery to fund itself, rather than relying completely on laypeople. There seems to be a niche for it-- requiring a dedicated lay community seems unnecessarily prohibitive.
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Re: We can't all ordain...right?

Postby reflection » Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:53 pm

I don't know about breaking with Theravada, but it would break the monastic code on various grounds. But I don't see what is limiting about dependency on the lay people. It is good because it forces connection with the outside world, not turning into some insiders-only club.

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