Lopez Chapter 4

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Reading Reaction Lopez Chapter 4: Monastic Life Summary and Reaction: Lopez begins this chapter by declaring the importance of monks to the existence of the Buddhist religion, without monks there can be no Buddhism. Lopez describes the evolution of the Buddhist religion from a group of wondering followers requiring only the essentials of daily life to a diverse group of monastic believers practicing in domesticated monasteries. Lopez describing the differences in monastic life between cultures, specifically the vast variety of robes, Tibetan boots that trample desire, hatred, and ignorance, and the practice of begging for alms. Lopez focuses on the distinction between monk and layperson specifically the division of labor. Lopez illustrates the development of monastic rules from early times when there were no laws to present life when upon full ordination there are as many as 253 different vows. Lopez tells the audience about infractions and the process of atonement monks must face to show the
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