Shravakayana level of discipline

Shravakayana level of discipline

In the Shravakayana which the Theravada is part of, most of the discipline, all the discipline actually comes within the two kind of category. Now bear in mind that these kind of categorizations usually come from the Mahayana okay. But I think it still would help. The discipline is what we call ???. ??? is the discipline of refraining from doing wrong things like killing, stealing. I guess this is where all the morality and ethic that conventional people talk about also falls into but it is very big. So basically it is a discipline to protect us from doing wrong things. That’s one category. The second category is ???, a discipline to gather enlightened qualities. So the discipline to protect us from wrong doing and discipline to increase enlightened attributes, qualities and actions such as shamata, vipassana. So one disciplines oneself with the shamata, vipassana, robes, not eating after midday. All of that. I am telling you this because I want to actually tell you that so called the Buddhist discipline is really nothing cultural. It has to have this understanding, it is not just because Indian love to shave their hair, that’s why the monks are supposed to, you know those days. You know it is really, it should go beyond the culture although of course many elements of the culture cannot be escaped. So that is more of the Shravakayana level of discipline.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010

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