|Tibetan women in traditional Himalayan wear caps, temple in background (Massimo)|
|Buddhist monks, Ganden monastery, Himalayas (Miciomacho/flickr.com)|
|New Year, New Magick (and a love secret!): new Moon, new year, new secrets, new plans and visions… Instead of writing down a list of "feeling-bad-I-don’t-achieve-them" goals…I’m focusing on what kind of experiences I desire to enjoy (bohopage.com).|
|Ancestral lands of the "Middle Country," Majjhima-desa, East/West, Central Asia|
The Wandering Shamans of Buddhism
|Bhikshus are shramans.|
|Magic meditation trinkets (Bohopage)|
(Where the appropriate companion is present, other sex members may be in the party as well; the point is not be alone or to seem to be alone with a person where an indiscretion may occur, as much to strengthen the confidence of others in the monastic Sangha as to keep one's own peace of mind that the liberating Code is being adhered to, for it protects one who protects it).
Beware, Ancient Travelers (sutra)
Dhr. Seven and Amber Larson (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly; Ven. Thanissaro and Andrew Olendzki (trans.) "The Monkey" (Makkata Sutra, SN 47.7)
"There are in the Himalaya (Himavanta), the King of Mountains, difficult and uneven areas where neither monkeys nor humans wander.
|Monkey, be careful, beware the hunter!|
|Himalayan desert, Zanskar river, Ladakh|
"Forms cognizable by the eye -- agreeable, pleasing, charming, endearing, fostering desire, enticing. Sounds cognizable by the ear... Fragrances cognizable by the nose... Flavors cognizable by the tongue... Tactile sensations cognizable by the body -- agreeable, pleasing, charming, endearing, fostering desire, enticing. These, for a wandering ascetic, are not one's proper range but are the territory of others.
|Chorten, Tengboche, Himalayas (fkehren/flickr)|
"There is a case where a meditator remains focused on the body in and of itself -- ardent, alert, and mindful -- setting aside greed and grief with regard to the world. One remains focused on feelings in and of themselves... mind in and of itself... mental phenomena in and of themselves -- ardent, alert, and mindful -- setting aside greed and grief with regard to the world. This, for a meditator, is one's own proper range, one's own ancestral territory." More (See also SN 47.6)
|Maybe we should trade fashion for saffron robes? Nah. *Giggle, giggle* (Meadham-Kirchoff via Bhakti Omwoods/facebook.com)|
|On being no one going nowhere|
In addition to them, the Buddha ushered 60 ascetics to full enlightenment and sent them out as history's first recorded "missionaries." They went far and wide with the message, such that the western-most point the Buddha's liberating message reached was Scythia, Kalmykia (Europe), and apparently the Near East.
|Ancient Buddha on the Silk Route at Dafo si Zhangye, China (retrospectivetraveller.co.uk).|
|The joy and ease of being like a Brahmin priest|
|There were plenty of roads to wander.|
|The life of a wanderer is open like a deer's habitat|
Such mendicants existed even before Prince Siddhartha saw one and thought, "I should live like that if I want to awaken from the delusion and suffering of the world!" It is modeled on the discipline followed by monastics and novices (bhikkhus, bhikkhunis, samaneras, and samaneris). Lay Buddhists have a kind of layperson's Buddhist Discipline in the lengthy Sigalovada Sutra (DN), a compilation text.
|One could wander into the Himalayas (BO).|
|Temple monk fights police power (S).|
|Karma. It's everywhere we're going to be.|
|I want to be a spiritual hero (Dietmar Temps).|
- For the welfare of the Sangha (monastic community),
- For the comfort (smooth operating) of the Sangha,
- For the control of unsteady monastics,
- For the comfort of well-behaved monastics,
- For the restraining of the defilements (asavas) in this present life,
- For guarding against defilements liable to arise in future lives,
- For the contentment of those not yet contented (with the Dharma),
- For the increase of those contented,
- For the establishment of true Dharma (Teaching), and
- For the benefit of the Discipline (Vinaya)."
- In the Numerical Discourses (Anguttara Nikaya, Book of the Twos), two further reasons are found. The first is "for sympathy with householders" (a very important consideration) and "for the breaking up factions of unskillfully-minded monastics" (stressing how the Discipline has kept the Sangha that keeps it).
|The wandering ascetics are coming through town. Let's prepare the sala to hear them!|
The great monastic and Buddhist commentator Ven. Buddhaghosa gives the following verse-definition of the Discipline in the Atthasalini:
(Since it consists of) various and excellent principles.