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Basic information for monks who wish to visit Muttodaya monastery (ágantuka bhikkhus)

General

Muttodaya monastery is primarily a place for ordained male persons, a place of practice and inner development. Daily schedule, organisational structure and internal regulations serve the protection of a contemplative lifestyle.

ALL visiting monks have to share the tasks and duties that are necessary to let the monastery run smoothly, with a sense of responsibility. This includes leading pújas, doing chores, going for alms, participating in sangha work projects, giving talks and receiving visitors and guests, according to a communally agreed roster.

Vinaya and monastery rules

Strictly keeping monastic discipline (vinaya) is the foundation of monastic life. At Muttodaya Suttavibhanga, Mahávagga and Culavagga of the Vinayapitaka are of primary relevance, together with a supplementary internal constitution which is compulsory for visiting monks during their stay, too. The commentaries are being consulted only occasionally, in cases which are not sufficiently clarified in the canon. The application of monastic etiquette (kiccavatta) takes the standard of the Thai forest tradition as a guideline.

The vinaya standard is the main criteria at Muttodaya for establishing common affiliation (samána-samvása) in the sense of a communal uposatha.

In order to protect an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust between lay supporters and monastic community, bhikkhus with a grave and/or striking deficiency of their vinaya standard are advised to forgo a visit to Muttodaya. Examples are:

  • bhikkhus and sámaneras who accept, own or use money (Nissagiya Pácittiya 18-20, Sikkhápada 10)

  • bhikkhus who travel together with a woman without an accompanying male lay person (Pácittiya 44, 45, 67)

  • bhikkhus and sámaneras who drive a car themselves

  • bhikkhu and sámaneras who wear their robes only part-time

  • bhikkhus and sámaneras who follow an occupation/profession or display other lay behaviour.

Specific rules for the protection of a contemplative environment

Mobile phones are not to be used in the monastery.

The office is off-limits during the quiet time (1 p.m. to 7 a.m.).

Use of the office computer and internet access are limited. Use of private computers is not allowed.

The monastic community does not accept house invitations or invitations to participate in congresses, teaching events or other public performances (exception: funerals).

Other

Eating one meal per day at 11 a.m. is the standard. If there are lay guests staying in the monastery and if there is special demand (e.g. very cold weather, physical work before the meal), monks can have an additional snack being offered to them at 7 a.m. A breakfast event does not take place.

The monastics eat their meal together, in silence, and from their alms bowls.

The prohibition against storing up food is being strictly followed. Meals that have been offered will not be received again on a consecutive day. Neither is there a "re-offering ritual" for tonics and juice drinks.

Stay

Bhikkhus with less than five rains (vassa) and sámaneras cannot visit Muttodaya monastery. Exception: if there are weighty reasons and the upajjháya or nissayácariya has given written permission.

Bhikkhus with a compatible vinaya standard can stay according to agreement and capacity of the monastery.

Bhikkhus with a lower standard can stay up to three days (preferably not on uposatha days).

Bhikkhus with a grave and/or striking deficiency of their vinaya standard (see above) are not welcome.

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