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The Bhikkhu’s Rules

The Bhikkhu’s Rules

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The Bhikkhu\u2019s Rules
A Guide for Laypeople
The Therav\u0101din Buddhist Monk\u2019s Rules

Compiled and Explained
by
Bhikkhu Ariyesako

Copyright \u00a9 1998 Sangh\u0101loka Forest Hermitage
PO Box 152, Kallista, Vic 3791, Australia
Please contact the above address for permission to reprint for free distribution.
Reprinting for sale is prohibited.
This is a gift of Dhamma and must not be sold.
Discipline is for the sake of restraint,
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restraint for the sake of freedom from remorse,
freedom from remorse for the sake of joy,
joy for the sake of rapture,
rapture for the sake of tranquillity,
tranquillity for the sake of pleasure,
pleasure for the sake of concentration,
concentration for the sake of knowledge
and vision of things as they are,
knowledge and vision of things as they are
for the sake of disenchantment,
disenchantment for the sake of release,
release for the sake of knowledge and vision of release,
knowledge and vision of release
for the sake of total unbinding without clinging.

Pariv\u0101ra.XII.2 (BMC p.1)
Contents
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Preface
5
\u2022
Acknowledgements
8
\u2022
Abbreviations
9
\u2022
Introduction
9
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Part One
12
o
Beginner's Questions
12
o
Frequently Asked Questions
18
\u2022
Part Two: Establishing a Background
24
o
Precepts
24
o
Bhikkhus
25
o
Becoming a Novice
25
o
Becoming a Bhikkhu
26
o
Ordination in South East Asia
27
2
o
The Rains Retreat
28
o
Disrobing
29
o
Buddhist Nuns
30
o
The Vinaya and the P\u0101timokkha
30
o
Offences
31
o
Major Rule Groups of the P\u0101timokkha
31
o
Committing Offences
34
o
Modernization? The Great Standards
34
o
Strictness and Blaming Others
36
\u2022
Part Three: The P\u0101timokkha Rules
37
o
(I) Harmlessness
38
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Murder
38
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Killing
38
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Destroying Vegetation
40
o
(II) Relationships
41
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Sexual Intercourse
42
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Intimacy: Touching
43
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Flirting
44
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Propositioning
44
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Matchmaking
45
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Alone with a Woman
45
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Talking Privately
48
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Staying Together
49
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Travelling Together
51
o
(III) Possessions and Offerings
52
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The Four Requisites: What Does a Bhikkhu Need?
52
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Does a Bhikkhu Beg?
53
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How to Help a Bhikkhu \u2013 Invitation
54
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What does a Bhikkhu Possess?
56
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Wrongly Receiving Gifts
57
\ue000
What can be Offered?
58
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Clothing: The Robe
58
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The Robe Offering Time
60
\ue000
Alms Food
60
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