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Banner of the Arahants: The Life of Bhikkhus Print E-mail

Introduction

The two careers—the town Bhikkhu—waking—alms round—what Bhikkhus eat—morning chanting—classes—invitations to the houses of laypeople—the forenoon meal—education of Bhikkhus—act of the Sangha—work suitable for Bhikkhus—evening chanting—learning in the evening—scholastic tendencies in the different Buddhist countries—the forest Bhikkhu—solitude—an Arahant in recent times—Vinaya practice—13 Austere practices—meditation—the forest Bhikkhu's day—the sálá—alms round—the meal and reflections—the latrine—meditation-walk—work during the day—receiving guests—sweeping—cleaning—water-carrying—a bath—drinks—evening meeting—service to Teachers—walking meditation—possessions of a Bhikkhu—living alone—“in no long time.“

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Banner of the Arahants: The Sangha Now in Buddhist Countries Print E-mail

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Brief history of Theraváda—anonymity of Great Teachers—specialisation of Bhikkhus—‘the works of books' and practice—popular Buddhism—ordination for custom or merit—Rains-Bhikkhus—disrobing—ritualism—why do people go to viháras?—why go to see Bhikkhus?—why Bhikkhus go to the houses of laypeople—wrong livelihood—the government of the Sangha—divisions in the Sangha—in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand and other countries—buildings in a town vihára—in a forest vihára—some popular devotional verses.

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Banner of the Arahants: The Sangha and the Spread of Buddhism Print E-mail

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Wandering Bhikkhus and the Rains—Residence—support of Bhikkhus—merchants and kings -Bhikkhus never ‘missionaries'—qualities for  spreading Dhamma—the learned and the meditative—Reciters—lost discourses—reasons for the First Council—its work—the Baskets of Vinaya and Sutta analysed—the Abhidhamma—the minor rules—Purana and the variant traditions—Second Council and lax Vinaya—Schism created by the Great Assembly—their wrong views and corruption of their texts—Emperor Asoka and the Third Council—the attitude of one successful Bhikkhu who spread Dhamma.

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Banner of the Arahants: The Sangha and the Development of Vinaya Print E-mail

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Ráhula ordained as first novice—Why are there rules?—Meaning of Vinaya—How Vinaya began—Contents of the Pátimokkha—allowances and prohibitions—few things, few troubles—Legal procedures in the Sangha—Ten Reasons for Vinaya.

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Banner of the Arahants: The Buddha: Unsurpassed Perfect Enlightenment Print E-mail

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Siddhattha—Life as a Prince and Renunciation—with meditation teachers—Practice of severe austerities—his meditation before Enlightenment—the Three Knowledges—inspired verses after Enlightenment—who to teach? The five ascetics—Añña Kondañña, the first Arahant.

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