What Makes a Monk in Buddhism?

Since today is Bodhi Day, celebrating the Enlightenment of the Buddha, I wanted to share something I found from the Dhammapada:

264. Not by shaven head does a man who is indisciplined and untruthful become a monk. How can he who is full of desire and greed be a monk?

265. He who wholly subdues evil both small and great is called a monk, because he has overcome all evil.

This is important advice, even today, because there are Buddhist ‘teachers” who are popular but corrupt, drink in excess, sleep with students, and abuse money and authority. It’s ok to recognize that people are human, but the Buddha had a very high-standard for his students, and when you have authority, you should make sure you live by that standard.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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