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Recitation of Pāṭimokkha


 
There is one basic rule of conduct at Pa-Auk Forest Monastery, which embodies the spirit and essence of all the other rules that follow: to act properly at all times, showing respect and consideration for one another. As the Buddha encouraged his followers, let us live "in concord, with mutual appreciation, without disputing, blending like milk and water, viewing each other with kindly eyes."


The Theravāda bhikkhus at Pa-Auk Tawya live by the Vinaya: the 227 Pāṭimokkha rules, and all other Vinaya rules. The sāmaṇeras do the same where applicable. Theravāda nuns observe the 10 precepts. According to the Vinaya, it is an offence for one who has “gone forth” to keep, handle or possess money in any form: cash, cheques, credit cards, gold, silver, and jewellery, etc. Before taking up residence, newcomers who might possess any of these things will relinquish them, without expecting to get them back. (For details, please refer to
Rules for Foreign Meditators” in Teaching & Training – Appendix III, page 71-79).

Lay yogis live by the Eight Precepts. Exception to the sixth precept - no food after noon - may be given by the Sayadaw in case only of a serious medical condition. (Please refer to Eight Precepts for details).

Being the guests of the Monastery, lay yogis dress respectfully: no revealing or skimpy clothes including those that bare shoulders/midriff, bare knees/calves etc. Preferred clothings are plain, loose, and long garments such as a blouse with sleeves, long pants/slacks/trousers, or a longyi (sarong). (For details, please refer to
Information for Foreign Meditators” in Teaching & Training – Appendix II, page 63-69).

All yogis are to observe the Monastery daily meditation schedule. (For details, please refer to Daily Schedule). Because silence and seclusions are the best aids to meditation, meditators are to observe noble silence, and socializing is not encouraged.

In addition, meditators are to exercise restraints of the senses (the six sense faculties), to observe purification of livelihood, and to reflect on the use of requisites (food, shelter, clothing and medicine).

The requisites and services available at the Monastery are offered by supporters, stewards and donors for the maintenance and benefit of the meditators. The offer is made on the understanding that the meditators support the Monastery's lifestyle and that they are willing to abide by its rules and regulations.