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Unformatted text preview: by leaving his life behind. The text continues to state the things a monk must give up (robes, food, medicine, and a bed) for their natural equivalents (231). It is also said that a monk must not lie, and lie is defined as claiming to see supernatural beings. I find this interesting, especially since it does not seem to be the worst type of lie a person can tell. The doctrine was probably in place to ensure that monks did not periodically claim to see the Buddha, and that imagined “visions” did not affect class standing in the sangha, which was determined by years in the doctrine. This was a very legitimate way to create a caste system within the sangha, considering it accounted for experience as opposed to wealth and possessions. Since monks were not really entitled to any sort of possessions, the seniority-type system arranged them based on their devotion to the sangha....
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2008 for the course REL 134g taught by Professor Loriminks during the Fall '08 term at USC.
- Fall '08