here's another mind blowing stuff. if u point a gun at his head, he wouldn;t even consider defending himself coz tho him (at least a real monk), there is no death. just the beginning to a new life towards nirvana.
yeah, i know, then the warrior monks of shao lin temple how some might ask. that one, i donno lor. umm...to protect the weak?
only in singapow.
I am not trying to provote anyone. Those thing I said earlier were facts that I saw with my own eyes? Just go down to SLS or Funan you will find some if you are lucky to see them. I think fellow CSers who visits IT malls often will have a glimpse of them shopping for all these stuffs. Purchase those things for what I dont know. Maybe driving a Mercs or BM to impress clients he is really 'something good' that why he could afford. But sadly, in some eyes, its not. Its breaking of a code of conduct that has been laid down for thousands of years.
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But I personally would draw the line with having cash, as it may distract them. This is just to prevent things from happening (as this case has shown), better to avoid it. This monk had, as I understood it, a salary from his job as a CEO of the hospital (not from him being a monk)......I am not sure though if he get to keep the salary or whether it goes to the temple? What I couldn't understand either is that he could in fact decide what his salary would be, which wasn't allowed officially, but it was in practice done that way.
Driving a big car, this one I don't understand either, perhaps its from the temple too? If personal, then I think something is not good somewhere, at least choose a common brand like Daihatsu lah!
A True Monk/Nun is supposed to be renounced from the material world.
Meaning they no need Mobile, Cash, Cars, Credits Cards, Condo etc..... whatsoever material forms.
That is their very basics of cultivation and practise (Comfort, $$$, lust, booze...etc...) a test to see if he/she can really renounce the material world and if he/she who decided to renounce the world but succumb to material needs they must well leave the Ordain, dun leave a bad name, thats no difference to me.
Meaning they are ordinary folks with a job as a monk/nun.
It is a disaster to see it become a Career!
Being a monk is all about personal cultivation, morals and practise of Buddism ie followings Buddha's path way of teachings!
Personal cultivation is changing ones character etc.... A sad thing that changing ones character is being associated with $$$.
Very sad but true.
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Not saying they must completely cut off but to a certain extend and limitation maybe a handphone or 2 for the whole temple, 1 or 2 Cumpters for the temple maybe to keep tracks of donations, sciptures, etc.... Not to Abuse like almost everyone have Hp n Laptops! It is a great difference!
Just like in the past monks/nuns are to go and beg for alms in the morning n only to 7 seven house if 7 house no food then it will be no food for the rest of the day! And food Consumtion is only before noon. No meals after that but now times have changed!
think new era also adapt to the new era.
having a credit card does not equate to spending $$$ mindlessly, unless thatz wad most here do...
religious organisations are no paupers, not in $ingapore lah. besides its rather common for a enigmatic individual to fly in from another country to spread its mission.
$ingapore dun encourage begging $$ on the streets!
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have u seen the "light" yet?
Neither did the teaching / Dhamma say anything about that (credit card).
And , this is not the first time a monk carries a credit card. Neither will this be the last.
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Monk is just a robe if that is a concept (of a monk). Personal cultivation can be done regardless of status.
Likewise , monk having car , cash does not mean he/she is not cultivating. Etc. Even if a monk or any person who is poor , but mentally addicted to the attachment of money , credit card , being in the position of a power bears very little resemblance to his / her cultivation of self awareness (of realization). Vice versa , if a monk / persons , who has such wealth and power , but bears no addition to such desire and brings value to oneself and others , is itself a cultivation (and realization to self-awareness).
Material wealth itself is not harmful - it is just the state of mind (intention) per se , be it any status (monk/nun/person).