Posted by SkySitter (184.108.40.206) on October 27, 2000 at 22:46:00:
In Reply to: Vinaya posted by Sue on October 27, 2000 at 12:41:27:
: The vinaya selection in the Book of the Discipine focus on the establishment of the sangha. How does the sangha's dependence on the laity shape the life of monks and nuns? Thank you.
Allow me to reframe the question a little. The sangha does NOT dependent on the laity. Everything is co-arising. Teachers and students co-exist. Many of the rules for the teachers exist only because "students are watching".
There was a strong anti-farming (digging the ground, killing the bugs to grow crops) in the early days. Chinese monks, 1000 years later, rework the rules to make it OK (and encouraged) to "grow your own food" (in stead of begging) "as part of daily meditation routines".
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