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Title: [Q&A] Is it proper and reasonable that monks teach lay people?
Post by: Johann on July 31, 2019, 03:08:39 PM
[Q&A] Proper and reasonable that monks teach lay people?

Once, on another occasion, a householder asked whether it makes sense if a monk would teach on issues related to daily lay life, maybe thinking that one is monk by birth and does not know much about the problems, desires... of a lay persons life and that a monk, by nature, would not know lay life.

 _/\_  _/\_  _/\_ Ven. Theras, Ven. Fellows,

Upasaka, Upasika, interested,

Householder told "Buddhist monks give advice for lay life with many assumptions on total strange foundation."



As for paying homage to them because they delivered just wished, desired teaching/dhamma: It would be wrongly grasped that a monk is worthy for veneration because he teaches (is such cases often because he teaches what one like to hear). Monks are not allowed to accept a gift as reward for teachings (something many should consider). What ever gift and offering is good placed, if giving it toward something that heads toward Nibbana, does not harm others by the use of the receiver, would not increase or nourish suffering in the world. Teaching lay people, even those not having gone for refuge, is a pure matter of compassion, if done like the moon (http://zugangzureinsicht.org/html/tipitaka/sn/sn16/sn16.003.sang_en.html).

And who knows, lot would even strong desire, whether one will not live the life as a homeless, one who has left home. Would you then just leave those left "die off" if having a change to lead them upwardly and to a better?

It might be different when asking whether a lay person could easy advice a monk since for the most never went without shoes or having returned not finally satisfied. Yet that being the case is not a reason why not questing things one does not understand (yet) but always good to seek for clearance and release from doubt.

Anumodana