Posted by Susan S (126.96.36.199) on October 30, 2000 at 10:03:19:
In Reply to: Vinaya posted by Sue on October 27, 2000 at 12:41:27:
In the olden days of Tibetan Buddhism, the sanga or people were expected to support the monks and nuns so it would not interrupt their spiritual quest. I think at times that it became very difficult to follow this as monks, especially monks increased in numbers and it was hard to support them.
I am not sure when it happened, before the Chinese overtake but once the monks went into exile, the people were so proverty stricken that it was near impossible to help them and so either the head of the Monasteries or His Holiness suggested that they start helping themselves and it continues to this day. Even monks in Tibet work to try and restore their monasteries so it is much more even.
There is always pleas for adopting a monk, nun being put out and when I was in Nepal this year, I was appalled at the proverty of the people themselves. Europe were the first that came to the aid of the Tibetans and people come year after year to help the Tibetans. There is a group from France that brings about 15 people over in the winter months-Nov-March that set up a soup kitchen and feeds mothers and children during that period of time. Many other projects take place also.
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