Why do monks have one shoulder exposed sometimes and both shoulders covered other times?

Why do monks have one shoulder exposed sometimes and both shoulders covered other times? There is a very small rule about having the robes fully covered when we are in a populated areas (sekhiyā 3). Although it is a very small rule, it can say a great deal about the monk and his respect for…

Theravada Buddhism and Sex: The Third Precept on Sexual Misconduct

NOTE: This is a very brief version of the 25 page PDF on the subject found here.  Theravada Buddhism and Sex (extended) The Third precept, Sexual Misconduct is often misrepresented in Buddhist circles.  Normally you will hear “sexual misconduct” refers only to rape, adultery, incest, blackmail or extortion for sex. This also includes underage sex and…

Results From Collecting Alms In Kauai

  As a Buddhist Monk collecting alms in Kauai, USA for the past 4 months, the results are in.  On Tuesday and Wednesdays as shown on the map above, I collect my food, wishing loving-kindness to one side of the street at a time.  So how many houses have given food at least once?  About…

MP3 of Princeville Dhamma Talk September 2, 2018

mp3 Dhamma Talk September 2, 2018 Another mp3 recording of a  happy Guided meditation and discussion at Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. Expect about 35 minutes discussion, 40 minutes of guided meditation.  Topics included discussion on samadhi, chanting of the loving-kindness sutta, anapana guided meditation, loving-kindness guided meditation. For those who missed it and want to hear,…

Bhikkhu Subhuti’s Blog has moved!

Bhikkhu Subhuti’s Blog has moved! The blog at https://Subhuti.withmettanet has moved to https://AmericanMonk.org The new title of the blog is American Monk: Bhante Subhūti   Why change The Domain Address? The reason why I changed the name of the domain was to streamline my verbal website announcements to let them known how to find the…

Buddhist Monks’ Robes Information

Robe Information Few people realize that the Theravāda monk’s robes are actually a piece of rectangular cloth with no sleeves. If you see a Theravāda monk wearing his robes in different styles, then rest assured it is due to the art of “tying the robes” or “rolling the robes” or what I call “robe origami.”…

The Secret Teachings of Theravāda

If there was a book that had all of the Secret Teachings of Theravāda, The Path of Purification (The Visuddhimagga) would be that book. It explains all the good stuff, like how to attain samādhi concentration; how to attain psychic powers including knowing and seeing the past lives. Lastly, it includes the stages of insight and…

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