Ceisiwr wrote: ↑Fri Nov 03, 2023 12:09 am
Didn't he claim Arahantship in his diaries Bhante?
He was widely acclaimed as an Arahant, which is why I referred to him as a Noble One. It is hard to know for sure, what claims were made due to devotion of followers, poor translations, misinterpretations, etc. One should have no doubts about his great learning and practical experience in meditation, both Samatha and Vipassanā. Who would accuse him of not understanding the basic principles of morality for householders?
The Vinaya monastic discipline is a legal code. If a monk commits sexual intercourse, even with his former wife, he is defeated. If he has other sexual relations not involving penetration, it is an offence involving a meeting of the Saṅgha. If he has wicked thoughts, there is no offence. No moral precepts can be broken on the mental level. Nevertheless, unwholesome mental kamma is created, which may lead to suffering in the lower realms.
Teenagers may entertain thoughts to want to kill their parents or teachers, but if they do not act upon them, there is no breaking of the first precept. Ideally, one should do no evil by body, speech, or thought. However, the Buddha understood that human beings are not without defects, so he made a set of rules that were possible to observe.