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Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

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Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby SarathW » Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:12 am

Can monks attend to his sick parents or former spouse?
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby appicchato » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:58 am

'Attend' is a relative term...*physically, the mom and ex are out...the dad, possibly, but only if there was absolutely no one else in the mix...

*Thailand...

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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby James the Giant » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:06 am

Only mad tradition and commentaries written hundreds or a thousand years after the time of the Buddha, forbid tending to one's mother. Or even touching her.
These same commentaries also say a monk should not touch his mum even if she is drowning in a river! He has to use a stick or a rope, or let her drown.
Total insanity.
Not in the original teachings of the Buddha.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Postby Babadhari » Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:51 pm

compassion and loving-kindness for others should be the first priority for anybody truly following what the Buddha taught.
Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28

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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:08 am

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby SarathW » Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:11 am

Hi Mkoll
What if he is an Arahant?
:)
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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby santa100 » Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:04 am

I think a monk no longer gives special treatment to just his own parents or his own wife. Every sick elderly couple are his sick parents, every sick older woman is his sick older sister,...younger woman...younger sister...etc..and he'll give the best of his impartial service to everyone.

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Re: Can monks attend to his sick parents or former wife?

Postby Mkoll » Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:07 pm

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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