Table of Contents
- Articles (6)
- Audio/Video (6)
- Booklets (6)
- Canonical Works (10)
- Essays (9)
- Monographs (1)
- Reference Shelf (3)
Looking for the Vinaya: Monastic Discipline in the Practical Canons of the Theravada (1999) – Anne M. Blackburn🥇 Best Of The Library
This paper introduces a new distinction between the ‘formal’ and the ‘practical’ canon[…] in medieval Sri Lanka. I show that few monks encountered the [Vinaya] in anything close to its full form.
[Rather,] Monastic leaders considered the Anumāna, Dasadhamma and (Karaniya)metta Suttas to be [the important sources] for monastic education.
The Case of Sudinna: On the Function of Vinaya Narrative, Based on a Comparative Study of the Background Narration to the First Pārājika Rule (2012) – Bhikkhu Anālayo⭐ Recommended
Vinaya narration like the Sudinna tale does not function in a way comparable to a record of case law precedents in modern judicial proceedings. Instead, the stories need to be understood in terms of their teaching function
Textual fundamentalism requires texts.
Slightly less conservatively preserved than the monks’, the Bhikkhunī Pātimokkha should be studied comparatively to get a sense for what their original rules might have been: a scholarly process which continues to this day.
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Unfortunately idiosyncratic and giving undue weight to certain Thai subcommentaries, this vinaya textbook remains the gold standard for Western, Theravada monks or anyone looking to seriously study the monastic rules.
In the 1970s, Ajahn Brahm began writing his own translation of and commentary on the Vinaya in order to support his fellow, Western monks who, at the time, lacked such a resource in English.
Canonical Works (10)
let them fulfill their precepts, be committed to inner serenity of the heart, not neglect absorption, be endowed with discernment, and frequent empty huts.
A dispute about livelihood or about the Pātimokkha would be trifling, Ānanda. But should a dispute arise in the Sangha about the path or the way, such a dispute would be for the harm and unhappiness of many
The First Sanghādisesa Rule for Bhikkhus: The Vinaya Pitaka Text and its Commentarial Exegesis – Bhikkhu Bodhi
The present compilation brings together in English translation the most important Pali Vinaya texts dealing with the first rule in the Sanghādisesa section of the Bhikkhu Pātimokkha: the training rule on intentional emission of semen — one of the disciplinary rules most fundamental to [a bhikkhu’s] training.
The Buddha tells a short fable about a turtle to warn the monks about infatuation with fame.
A short essay on what the path is to become a Theravada Monastic.
the owners of the monastery are the worldwide and “timewide” community of monks and nuns
An overview of some of the Vinaya rules regarding communally owned property according to the Theravada Tradition.
Sangha decisions are always made locally. The Vinaya doesn’t countenance centralized, monastic authority.
Reference Shelf (3)
An easy-to-use summary of the information in BMC 1 which serves as a practical vinaya reference for Theravada monks.