That reminds me of the Lent set by Buddha because of complaints about Bhikkus trek and travel all over the paddy fields damaging crops.
Bhikkus actually should be humble with no or less ego centric, lobha, dosa, moha, mana, understand more Dhamma than laypeople. Sanghas or Bhikkus should lead us and impart dhamma teachings to us.
Less or no rituals, down to earth teaching us the real and right stuff which is Dhamma. This high, this low, caste system, class system should be kepl low as possible, if not totally out.
With all due respect, unless Icaro knows something I do not know yet. I am still learning and hope to learn from you, Icaro. I learn a lot from a lot of more learned persons in DSG, like Nina, Sarah, Christine, Icaro, Htoo Naing, buddhatrue(James), etc, to name just a few. I still think mana and ego is hard to get rid of but less is better, IMHO. Correct me if I am wrong.
James, what you did is correct, do more neutral thing IMHO. Those monks I think can not be taught lesson. Further pursuit, can only create more headache and maybe akusala. Like Icaro said it is none of our business beyond our watch, let their monks superior take care of them or let Kamma and Dhamma which has no bias, take care of them. Also I heard splitting or wedging Sangha unity or group is enough akusala to go to Hell, which I understand is not eternal like other religions taught so. This eternal hell going on account of splitting, is another misgiving I have about. Just my opinion.
> wrote: Hi Icaro,
I know I am going to regret writing this post, but here goes
anyway. Icaro, I don't know where you are getting your thinking
about monks, but monks are not at a "higher level" than laypeople
simply because they are wearing a robe. Actually, to compare anyone
to anyone else in such a manner (as being "higher", "lower", or
the "same" level) is conceit and something the Buddha specifically
taught against. Monks are supposed to be humble and are not
supposed to place themselves above others- be those others
laypeople, novice monks, initiates, or ANYONE! You speak of monks
in a culturally biased way which is not in accordance with the
That monk who was nasty to me should not have been so. He didn't
teach me any kind of lesson other than realizing that he had yet to
overcome his ego. Actually, I should have taught him a lesson and
refused to leave. I should have snatched the coffee right out of
his hand and drank it! Then he would have been given the chance to
learn humility and deference of ego. Actually, since I walked away,
I did nothing but reinforce his ego.
Laypeople don't owe monks anything and the Buddha taught that monks
should be respected only to the extent that they earn that respect.
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