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A buddhist disciple and a monk?

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  • Sam Mccollins
    whats the differance between a buddhist disciple and a monk? ... Yahoo! for Good Click here to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. [Non-text
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 12, 2005
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      whats the differance between a buddhist disciple and a monk?


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    • Bhikkhu Pesala
      A lay Buddhist disciple should undertake to observe at least the five precepts, and should avoid the five kinds of wrong livelihood: trading in living beings,
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 22, 2005
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        A lay Buddhist disciple should undertake to observe at least the five
        precepts, and should avoid the five kinds of wrong livelihood: trading
        in living beings, weapons, meat, intoxicants, or poisons. Other than
        that, a lay disciple can follow any honest trade or profession to earn
        a living.

        A Buddhist monk or bhikkhu undertakes 227 training precepts and lives
        on the donations freely offered by lay disciples. He should not engage
        in any kind of trade or business. His two main duties are to learn and
        teach the Buddha's teaching, and to practise meditation to purify his
        mind and to gain wisdom.

        Bhikkhu means one who collects food by walking fo alms. A bhikkhu is
        not allowed to "beg" or ask for anything from others unless they
        invite him to ask. He just walks through the town or village with his
        almsbowl, and those who understand how bhikkhus live, provide whatever
        he needs.
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