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Couple of Questions

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Couple of Questions

Postby wrbergman » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:15 pm

Good Morning and Blessings Everyone.

I have a couple of general questions. If you can direct me to a site that has most of the answers that would be great. Or if you have the time to answer them here. EVEN BETTER :tongue:

1. I have seen on various sites that Theravada Monks (usually those that are considered temporary monks) are married and have families. What is the teaching of this. I further notice this usually happens with westerner's traveling out of their native country say to Thailand to accomplish this. Can a westerner accomplish this at a Theravada monastery in their own country? US?

2. Where I live (close to Moscow, ID) Are there any centers/Monasteries anyone can point me towards?
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Thanks in advance for your help and info. Take care.

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Re: Couple of Questions

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:34 pm

In answer to your first question Wayne, Theravadin Buddhist Monks are never married whilst they are still monks. In fact they are required to be completely celebate. However being a Theravadin monk is not like being a Christian monk, its not for life, So sometimes people come out of the robe and some of them marry. Sometimes they continue to teach Dhamma.
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Re: Couple of Questions

Postby cooran » Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:27 pm

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.

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Re: Couple of Questions

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:32 pm

Greetings Wayne,

Have you tried the World Buddhist Directory?

http://www.buddhanet.info/wbd/

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Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:51 am

i'll probably be one of those temporary married monks, it brings merit to the family to have a son do this, and there are no sons in my wifes family. its perfectly normal (in thai culture) to ordain for a short time for reasons such as this. i'm just gonna look at it as a really long meditation retreat!
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Postby Ben » Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:57 am

Its also something that I was planning on doing at some stage. Perhaps when the kids are a lot older and with the assent of my wife.
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Re: Couple of Questions

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:07 am

We live and learn, thanks all for correcting my obviously incomplete view.

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