Chris wrote:Hello Tilt,
Could you provide a link that supports this? Do you mean they take the 8 or 10 precepts for a short period? I have never ever heard of this happening with married men in Thailand and would be very interested to see some literature on this.
It is what I saw when I was there, and I am talking about full ordinatiuon, which some men will do as a way of making merit for whatever reason, often having not a thing to do with actual Dhamma practice. There was a high ranking police officer that had ordained at Wat Bawon, and had just left before I arrived there and he was the object of much discussion. He did this to get merit for his mother who was gravely ill. While he was there he also had a collection of Swedish porn because it was important that he have an erection every day in order to not loose the ability of getting a stiff stiffy. This long before Viagra.
On the other hand there are those who do "rains" ordinations because they truly want to practice the Dhamma as well as they can. I met one who was, indeed, a married man. Very devout and knowledgable. After the rainy season he disrobed and returned home.
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.