NO TOUCHING. Do not touch people you meet and shaking hands is considered bad manners. Also, do not touch monks ever.

Can a monk touch a woman?

Monks are forbidden from touching or coming close to women’s bodies, because it is believed that a woman’s body is contrary to a monk’s vows. Thus, most temples in Thailand put an announcement which restricts women from entering.

Are Buddhist monks allowed to exercise?

“The monks also should do something, like exercise… like walking meditation, cleaning the temple in the morning, sweeping the grounds,” Mr Rajvoraumi said. The guidelines follow smaller-scale initiatives in rural Thailand.

Are monks allowed to talk?

Spoken conversations between monks are permitted, but limited according to the norms established by the community and approved by the Order. “Silence is the mystery of the world to come. Speech is the organ of this present world. More than all things love silence: it brings you a fruit that the tongue cannot describe.

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Are monks allowed to hug?

“In this culture, people like to give a hug in friendship, but monks don’t do that. We don’t even shake hands,” said Bhante Kusala (photo 1), who is studying at the Divinity School.

Can a monk be married?

Buddhists monks choose not to marry and remain celibate while living in the monastic community. This is so that they can focus on achieving enlightenment .

What is forbidden in Buddhism?

Specifically, all Buddhists live by five moral precepts, which prohibit: Killing living things. Taking what is not given. Sexual misconduct. Lying.

What foods are forbidden in Buddhism?

Theravada and Mahayana: often do not eat meat and fish, some are vegan. Theravada and Mahayana from China and Vietnam: do not eat garlic, onion, chives, shallot or leek (five pungent spices – believed to increase one’s sexual desire and anger) Tibetans: never eat fish, usually will not eat foul.

Why are monks so skinny?

While people might think the monks are simply eating more, Jongjit said that isn’t the case. The monks consume 150 less calories than Thai men. So what’s happening to Thailand’s monks? “After midday, they have to rely on a drink or beverage,” Jongjit explained.

What does it mean when Tibetans stick out their tongue?

Sticking out one’s tongue is a sign of respect or agreement and was often used as a greeting in traditional Tibetan culture. According to Tibetan folklore, a cruel ninth-century Tibetan king had a black tongue, so people stick out their tongues to show that they are not like him (and aren’t his reincarnation).

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Do monks study?

Tibetan monks and nuns may spend 12 hours a day studying Buddhist philosophy and logic, reciting prayers and debating scriptures. But science has been given a special boost by the Dalai Lama, who has long advocated modern education in Tibetan monasteries and schools in exile, alongside Tibet’s traditions.

How do Buddhists debate?

In practice, the usual form is a debate between a Challenger, standing and asking questions, and a Defender, sitting and answering those questions. The attitude is as if the Challenger is respectfully approaching the Defender with a quandary.

How many hours do monks sleep?

Between praying up to seven times a day and working a medieval monk got little sleep. They averaged approximately five hours sleep between evening prayers and the 2am church service, and then snatched another half an hour before being up at 4am for more prayer.

Why can’t monks have hair?

Orthodox monks traditionally never cut their hair or beards after receiving the monastic tonsure as a sign of the consecration of their lives to God (reminiscent of the Vow of the Nazirite).

What monks Cannot do?

Practicing Buddhists make five promises – not to lie, not to steal, not to engage in sexual misconduct, not to harm any living creature and not to take intoxicating substances which lead to carelessness. These are called the ‘5 precepts’.

Can a Shaolin monks marry?

(Note: While at the temple sexual relations are forbidden and monks usually do not marry. However, a monk who leaves the temple may marry without losing his status as a monk.

Can girls be monks?

Women can be ordained as the equivalent of monks in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, mostly dominated by the Mahayana school of Buddhism. Female ordination is not available in the Tibetan tradition nor in Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar.

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Can anyone become a monk?

To become a monk you need to be a confirmed and practising Catholic, a man over the age of 18, in good mental and physical health, if possible involved in the life of your parish or something similar, unmarried, with no dependents.

What is the role of a monk?

A monk may be a person who decides to dedicate their life to serving other people and serving God, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live their life in prayer and contemplation. The concept is ancient and can be seen in many religions and in philosophy.

Can Buddhists have long hair?

For Hindus and Buddhists, long hair can represent beauty and (perhaps dangerous) sexuality — and cutting or shaving it off is surrendering worldly gifts to fully concentrate on the eternal.

Are monks allowed to see their family?

Carthusian monks are almost completely cut off even from their families. They are allowed to meet with them only two days each year. After taking the vow of silence they are only allowed a brief conversation once a week in the courtyard. Beyond that, only prayer is permitted.

How many wives can a Buddhist have?

Under Burmese Buddhist law, a man has the right to take more than one wife, but a wife cannot legally take more than one husband.

About the Author

While living in a residential meditation and yoga ashram from 1999 to 2013, Leon devoted his life to the study and practice of meditation.
He accumulated about 15,000 hours of practice over many longer immersion retreats, including hours of silent meditation, chanting, prostrations, and mantra.
While participating in a "meditation marathon," he once sat in meditation for 40 hours straight. More importantly, he fell in love with meditation during this time.

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