By Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche,
In those talks, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche clarify the nice advantages of training Dharma as an ordained individual, tips on how to continue the ordination natural, the aim of the monastic group, how one can dwell jointly as clergymen and nuns, and lots more and plenty extra. the need for the lay neighborhood to aid the Sangha can also be made transparent, and never in simple terms priests and nuns yet lay practitioners, too, will achieve a lot via studying this book.
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For people whose lives are a disaster, though, monastic life is like a thorn in their side, like being in a concentration camp. Certain aspects of monastic life can be changed. You yourself can change things for the better, and page 29 Lama Yeshe Wis d om Archive: Adv ice for Monks and Nuns since we exist in order to benefit others, even the general public can make suggestions, as long as they are offered with great compassion and with an eye to the future. Education W hat about the monastery’s education program?
Ultimately, of course, robes don’t mean anything. We should experiment. We should invite some lay people to give their opinions on whether the Sangha should wear this or that. It’s good for the people to judge. If the majority doesn’t like you wearing these robes, if it makes them angry, is that profitable or not? It’s not so good if the way you dress upsets them. Lay people are very important when it comes to interacting with our monks and nuns. You can’t say that monks and nuns are everything and that lay people are nothing, so therefore we’re just going to do our own trip.
We should be practical. I am not against your wearing robes. I wear them myself. I’d be sick if I had a negative attitude to what I wear every day. Well, I’m not sick; I’m happy with my robes. But what I’m saying is that when you are in your own country, working with and relating to people in regular society, I think it’s stubborn to insist on wearing robes when people are putting you down and calling you a bad human being. ” That’s what they’re going to say, isn’t it? They’ll say, “Buddhism creates hippies,” because they think monks and nuns are not responsible citizens, are socially unacceptable.
Advice for Monks and Nuns by Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche,