Re: Bhikkhus and money
- Ven pesala
Thank you very much for your letter.
I can understand well the principle idea.
Your website is of great help ,too.
--- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "Bhikkhu Pesala" <pesala@a...>
> Touching money is not always wrong, in some circumstances a bhikkhumust
> touch it, but money is not in any way allowable for bhikkhus. Ifone
> accepts it, owns it, or uses it then one has attachment to it, nomatter
> what one may claim.the
> If a lay person drops or forgets some money or other valuables in
> monastery, and a bhikkhu sees it, he must pick it up or havesomeone pick
> it up, to deposit in a safe place until the owner returns for it.to the
> If a bhikkhu accepts money, even unknowingly, it is to be forfeited
> Sangha, and an offence should be confessed. At least four monksmust be
> convened, and the bhikkhu must give it up to the Sangha. If a layperson
> is present the elder of the Sangha tells the lay person to disposeof it.
> The lay person can then do with whatever he wishes. If he knowswhat is
> suitable, he may ask the monks what they need. By this means themonks can
> consent to what is allowable for monks, but the monk who receivedand gave
> up the money can have no share of what was bought with it.elder
> If no lay person is present, the Sangha must appoint a trustworthy
> to dispose of the money. He must then take it outside the boundaryof the
> monastery and throw it away, taking no note of where it falls,thinking,
> "whoever sees it can take it away."allowable
> If money is offered to a bhikkhu he should say, "Money is not
> for bhikkhus. We can accept only what is allowable at the propertime" or
> words to that effect. If the lay person then asks what isallowable, the
> bhikkhu can say what he needs. However, if the lay person does notask,
> the bhikkhu cannot say, "Money is not allowable, but such and suchis
> allowable for bhikkhus or buy this or that." If he obtains a robeor other
> allowable requisites in that way, it must also be forfeited, and another
> offence confessed. However, in this case, since the requisites are
> allowable for bhikkhus, they can be returned to him or used by
> monks. They do not need to be thrown away as is the case withmoney.