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The Daily Routine of a Yogi Monk (Yogàvacara Dinacariyàva)
« on: September 28, 2018, 07:10:29 PM »

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato sammā-sambuddhassa

The Daily Routine of a Yogi Monk
(Yogàvacara Dinacariyàva)


 A yogi monk, who has dedicated his life to the Sàsana, and wishes to find solace in the attainment of the supreme bliss of Nibbàna, should always keep that objective in mind in order to achieve the same.

 A yogi monk who is not sick should make it a habit to wake up before dawn. Having woken up, he should rise from his bed immediately, attend to his toilet quickly, chant a protective sutta, study or meditate, and thus not while his day away.

 He should, at the right time, attend to The Buddha [the shrine room], to teachers, sick or senior monks and so forth. If he so wishes, he can go to the refectory for breakfast. He should attend there to his needs without delay, and then return to his dwelling.

 He should then attend to his routine business such as studying Dhamma, keeping his body clean, and meditating. Before the gong sounds for the alms-round, he should rinse his bowl with clean water, put it into its bag and place it aside properly.

 When the gong sounds for the alms-round, he should worship the Triple Gem, robe himself, hang his bowl over his (left) shoulder, and keeping his mind on his meditation, he should arrive at the appointed place within five minutes. He should, still paying attention to his meditation, proceed with the other monks, and when near the alms-hall, he should do his alms-round meditating on Mettà. Having received his alms he should, when returning, not let go of his meditation.

 After he has attended to his needs in the refectory, and after the worship in the shrine room, he should meditate for about an hour on his usual meditation subject, and if he has no studies to do, he should devote the rest of his time only to meditation.

 He should do his chores at around 5 p.m., conclude the evening worship etc., and inquire about the well-being of senior etc. monks. If he so wishes, he can partake of a refreshment, and should then return to his dwelling with a pure mind.

 He should, unless he chants protective suttas, meditate till the end of the first watch. At 10 p.m., when going to sleep, he should determine: "I shall wake up before day-break."

 He should take note of all his daily activities, write a timetable, place it before him, and determine not to depart from it for any reason.

 He should not talk with donors about requisites. If invited, he may, after having obtained permission from his teacher or another senior monk, deliver a dhamma talk; during which occasion he should remember his status as a yogi, and be mindful.

 Since speaking of internal affairs to outsiders, and external affairs to insiders may give rise to dissension, he should guard himself fully against [such activities].

 Since one's good or bad qualities manifest through one's postures of walking etc., he should, whether in private or in public, always deport himself in a manner true to a recluse (samana). This applies also to his speech.

 It is proper that, insofar as he is able, a yogi monk does all his work himself. When doing such work he should have taken care beforehand that there is no break in his calm and peaceful demeanour, or manners befitting a recluse.

 A yogi monk is not allowed to even speak too much, let alone to join in idle talk. Therefore, unless it is absolutely necessary, he should not go to the dwellings of others. He should aim at purity of conduct when moving about: going to worship The Buddha [shrine room], or going for alms etc.

 Since it behoves him, even at the cost of his meditation, not to annoy others, there is no need either for him to boast about or make a display of his virtues and cleverness in front of others.

 The requisites, which he uses regularly, are made easy to use if he keeps them orderly in a fixed place. That way he can do his work quickly, and keep a tranquil mind.

 When, due to objects entering his mind, attachment, aversion or any other mental defilements arise, he should take notice of them, arouse the sense of being a yogi, and thereby become skilful at avoiding such pitfalls.

 He should always maintain external cleanliness, and maintain internal [mental] cleanliness by reflecting several times a day on suttas such as the Dasadhammasutta, akankheyyasutta etc., and on "the grounds for a sense of urgency" (samvegavatthu), and be thus always intent on progress.

 He should know how to perform major and minor work of the Saïgha well, and how to deliver a dhamma sermon of substance, lasting about fifteen minutes. Whatever work he undertakes, he should take care to perform it orderly, properly and neatly.

 He should always remember that fulfilling the duties towards visiting monks helps cultivate one's virtues, and that coming into conflict with those whose conduct is unbecoming of a co-resident causes diminution of one's virtues.

 Should travel be absolutely necessary, he should undertake it as prescribed in the Regulations of these Yogi-Hermitages (Yogashramiya Katika-vata).

 Having considered the fact that knowing how to do one's chores and duties thoroughly, neatly and orderly helps perfect one's Sãla (virtue), he should endeavour to be thus dutiful.

 He should give up excessive correspondence, as well as internal and external association obstructive to the life of a yogi monk.

 Since unencumbered living is the easiest way to lead the monk's life, it behoves him to refrain from hoarding even books. He should, furthermore, refrain from having newspapers full of obscenity so much as near him.

 Conducting one's work [meditation etc.] in accordance with the Regulations of the Shri Kalyani Yogi-Hermitages (Shri Kalyani Yogashramiya Katikavata) and the Regulations of one's place of residence is for the convenience of you who reside here and that of others. It behoves you, therefore, to impress them upon your mind.
Quote from: Handbook for the Shri Kalyani Establishment Of Yogi-Hermitages in Sri Lanka

« Last Edit: September 28, 2018, 07:19:06 PM by gus »

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Re: The Daily Routine of a Yogi Monk (Yogàvacara Dinacariyàva)
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2018, 01:32:49 AM »
Interesting quotation, very similar the usuals in good monasteries.

* Johann : just to let know. The d-quote is usually used to cite from the Tipitaka. It's for sure good to use it for later traditions, since repeating "namo..." and when careful given the source like Nyom Gus does, perfect and great. When reading from beginning, my person just thought that it's good when others always read and look, and ask for source and check it with Dhamma Vinaya without approve, without rejection (4 great references) for them selves.
This post and Content has come to be by Dhamma-Dana and so is given as it       Dhamma-Dana: Johann





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October 20, 2018, 02:52:14 AM
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October 17, 2018, 06:01:23 PM
May all spend meritorious/good and higher last hours of this Sila-day.

Sokh chomreoun (may well being be developed [by everyone])


October 16, 2018, 03:15:10 PM
Nyom Roman.


October 12, 2018, 04:13:16 PM
Good to see Nyom Norum.


October 07, 2018, 10:38:10 AM
Maybe of support for lasting satifaction: Seeds of Becoming .


October 07, 2018, 06:57:38 AM
When ever love arises, dislike will be it's end. Who ever seeks out for friends, will get his enemy. Why? Because not willing to leave home. May wanderer gus find the way to never return. Mudita


October 07, 2018, 03:38:58 AM


October 07, 2018, 03:38:22 AM
Nevertheless my courage of active participation  has been fallen down. Anyway I hope to come time to time.
Okasa dwarattayena katam sabbam accayam khamata me bhante.


October 07, 2018, 03:37:11 AM
Okasa bhante,

I didn't accepted Dymitros invitation to start a Theravada forum, because I thought this forum is pure Theravada. Now I regret about it, yet think this forum is comparatively good.  I learnt many valuable things from you and grateful to you. Nevertheless my courage of active partici


October 07, 2018, 02:20:29 AM
What ever one searches for, that he/she will find. Less are those seeing the nature of combined thing, leaving home and go beyond Maras domain.


October 06, 2018, 11:45:18 PM


October 06, 2018, 11:39:12 PM
When one is born in outer regions ... your island has drifted away.


October 06, 2018, 11:30:00 PM
macchariya, a boarder hard to cross to the middle way, abounding home, sakayaditthi, doubt and rituals.


October 06, 2018, 02:33:02 PM
However much one say, West is West, East is East.


October 06, 2018, 02:28:29 PM
Where ever there is east, there is west. And vici versa. Where ever there is nama, there is rupa. Where ever one seeks for a home, there he will suffer.


October 06, 2018, 02:03:31 PM
West is West


October 06, 2018, 09:56:42 AM
belief of kamma, gratitude, independence, honesty, devotion : These are hard to find in people


October 06, 2018, 05:49:14 AM
Again, a latin proverb mit be useful: Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi , patisota is always harmful if not just one own defilements or having a proper stand to help. Sota is the virtue required to resist in borderlands.


October 06, 2018, 05:41:52 AM
If in a borderland it's better to simply serve and support the Sangha. It's not smart to seek for other householders to nurish on traced imperfections of something required to uphold, wanderer gus.


October 06, 2018, 04:54:48 AM
Okasa, happy to hear such things reagarding kamma. Many monks I have met don't directly speak about kamma because they have been tired after practicing some years and now bit relaxed.


October 06, 2018, 04:17:26 AM
Such can be total kusala and total akusala or simply defuse. Set your mind right and be mindful, that nothing will be of harm for yourself and others.


October 06, 2018, 04:15:27 AM
There is nothing not permitted. Merits or demerits are the actors responsibility. One is full in charge of ones action in this Domain here, wanderer gus.


October 06, 2018, 03:50:00 AM
Bhante, is it permitted to ask questions or post things on behalf of other/future people ?


October 05, 2018, 09:19:32 AM
We have been advised like this:
"No matter however much monks reject you,
Never leave the place."


October 05, 2018, 09:09:37 AM
It's good when wanderer gus takes a rest, turns to a lonly place, enjoys the merits done and find a good place for his mind and fixes possible open wholes when clear where he likes to go some hours later.


October 05, 2018, 08:59:03 AM
Wanderer Gus knows how foolish this statement is. That is not the way to get out of a hole.


October 05, 2018, 08:42:59 AM
falling down from a status is suffering.
So, if I could stay in the hell-being status from the beginning, then no suffering.


October 05, 2018, 07:33:20 AM
From a state of a young Bhikkhu equal tradition...to householder... ...asura (now) on the border to animal, peta, hell-state. It can go quick if not having firm nissaya.


October 05, 2018, 07:29:27 AM
Aniccam vatta samsara...


October 05, 2018, 06:56:28 AM
Bhante subhuti =>
Upasaka gus =>
Deva gus =>
Asura gus.

In the future:
Asura gus =>
Peta gus =>
Animal gus =>
Hell-being gus ???


October 05, 2018, 05:51:42 AM
Okasa, I think bhante thinks me as a patriot because of some content of my posts. But it is not.


October 05, 2018, 05:41:33 AM
What ever one likes to, not touched like the moon, does not mean to praise what is blameworthy and vici-versa and to have metta not to let people run into hell if ways can be pointed out. Yet other choices at least are their. Be quick, your island drifts away!


October 05, 2018, 05:34:15 AM
As long as I don't do exactly what you say, I think I'll not be able to make you happy or satisfied.


October 04, 2018, 02:12:55 PM
If thinking that this is for sure, if delighting in believing that connected things are a refuge and give space to rest: one may do so. Ones own choice. When ever one stops to nurish inwardly, ouwardly path and fruits die. Good as well as bad.


October 04, 2018, 11:28:51 AM
If bhante didn't let the weak person to live in avatar/deva mode, then he will lose both openness and connection. Up to now I have secured at least the connection.


October 04, 2018, 11:22:24 AM
Yet I appreciate and pay vandana for your care and advice on openness.


October 04, 2018, 11:19:56 AM
Please forgive me  bhante if I have made you tired. I don't like to accumulate akusala by making a monk tired in expecting a naughty chicken to be a good duck.
Okasa dwarattayena katam sabbam accayam Khamtu me bhante!


October 04, 2018, 11:07:06 AM


October 04, 2018, 11:01:00 AM
Differnt asked "why is Bhante not happy, dwell not in outwardly seeming being not touched?" Because it would not only confirm and show sign of aggreement of unwise acts, but also very incompassionate and cruel. Also place for suspecting corrupt ways and invite others to follow the comfortable dwelli


October 04, 2018, 10:54:12 AM
No one is able to make my person angry, which does not mean that he would not appear angry so to possible prevent from doing what is not conductive for liberation, even lead in lower states. Nothing to worry, but also no invitation to test it foolish since it could hurt one self and others.


October 04, 2018, 10:46:39 AM
Okasa bhante, Isn't there at least single way to stay anonymous without making you angry?


October 04, 2018, 10:33:12 AM
corr: "it's, the domain of the Noble Ones, is nobody's personal domain" there are no wards around fields for merits and no tickets to pay


October 04, 2018, 10:29:31 AM
What ever Deva gus feels inspired. It's oneones personal domain and all giving is good in the distance of the brigh cool moon. One should not fear, should not be shy to do what is good and praised by the wise but be quick!


October 04, 2018, 10:21:39 AM
Bhante, is that mean you don't like me to talk about higher subjects and like to talk about basics only?


October 04, 2018, 10:02:12 AM
It would be more than good if teaching others a lot on the topic vandami (paying respect) and khamatu (asking for forgiviness) since unknown and not practiced here around this field of merits in compassion to former relatives, Deva gus.


October 04, 2018, 09:55:38 AM
...total no problem to dwell and lay down in the cool shadow to heal at all and no need to ask for pardon when intended for progressing and to get fit for the battles so hard to win.


October 04, 2018, 09:52:39 AM
But they would not feed them in ways which might look as nurishing relations for wordly sake directly, for people not understanding would think "look, he is herding, carry for his cattle, he wasts the gift of the land, the heritage of the Gems for his becoming and own gain. Understood? Total no prob


October 04, 2018, 09:45:29 AM
Never would people of integrity send away pets, petas or sick, for they are not able to change for now but possible can gain of what they need to change.


October 04, 2018, 09:42:28 AM
If, just to think about, one lives deliberatly with sign showing a rejection of firm trust in kamma, one lives in nurishing the danger of falling into grave wrong views and give ways that others follow what is improper to do. Just to reflect. How ever wishing to do.

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