Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: Bhikkhus and money

Expand Messages
  • palidhamma
    Ven pesala Thank you very much for your letter. I can understand well the principle idea. Your website is of great help ,too. from palidhamma ... must ... one
    Message 1 of 3 , May 30, 2004
    • 0 Attachment
      Ven pesala

      Thank you very much for your letter.

      I can understand well the principle idea.

      Your website is of great help ,too.

      from palidhamma


      --- In SanghaOnline@yahoogroups.com, "Bhikkhu Pesala" <pesala@a...>
      wrote:
      > Touching money is not always wrong, in some circumstances a bhikkhu
      must
      > touch it, but money is not in any way allowable for bhikkhus. If
      one
      > accepts it, owns it, or uses it then one has attachment to it, no
      matter
      > what one may claim.
      >
      > If a lay person drops or forgets some money or other valuables in
      the
      > monastery, and a bhikkhu sees it, he must pick it up or have
      someone pick
      > it up, to deposit in a safe place until the owner returns for it.
      >
      > If a bhikkhu accepts money, even unknowingly, it is to be forfeited
      to the
      > Sangha, and an offence should be confessed. At least four monks
      must be
      > convened, and the bhikkhu must give it up to the Sangha. If a lay
      person
      > is present the elder of the Sangha tells the lay person to dispose
      of it.
      > The lay person can then do with whatever he wishes. If he knows
      what is
      > suitable, he may ask the monks what they need. By this means the
      monks can
      > consent to what is allowable for monks, but the monk who received
      and gave
      > up the money can have no share of what was bought with it.
      >
      > If no lay person is present, the Sangha must appoint a trustworthy
      elder
      > to dispose of the money. He must then take it outside the boundary
      of the
      > monastery and throw it away, taking no note of where it falls,
      thinking,
      > "whoever sees it can take it away."
      >
      > If money is offered to a bhikkhu he should say, "Money is not
      allowable
      > for bhikkhus. We can accept only what is allowable at the proper
      time" or
      > words to that effect. If the lay person then asks what is
      allowable, the
      > bhikkhu can say what he needs. However, if the lay person does not
      ask,
      > the bhikkhu cannot say, "Money is not allowable, but such and such
      is
      > allowable for bhikkhus or buy this or that." If he obtains a robe
      or other
      > allowable requisites in that way, it must also be forfeited, and an
      > offence confessed. However, in this case, since the requisites are
      > allowable for bhikkhus, they can be returned to him or used by
      other
      > monks. They do not need to be thrown away as is the case with
      money.
      >
      > http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Library/Pesala/More___/Money/money.html
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.