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Offline Merwin

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What's wrong with running errands?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:52:12 pm »
In the Brahmajala Sutta I've just read that this:
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"Or he might say: 'Whereas some recluses and brahmins, while living on the food offered by the faithful, engage in running messages and errands for kings, ministers of state, khattiyas, brahmins, householders, or youths, (who command them): "Go here, go there, take this, bring that from there" — the recluse Gotama abstains from running such messages and errands.'

What exactly is the issue with running errands? In what ways does this contradict the Buddha's teachings? I had not heard of anything being mentioned about errands before while learning about Buddhism.

Offline Dharmakara

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Re: What's wrong with running errands?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 08:10:57 pm »
Hi Merwin.

This is specific to monastics, that it's wrong livelihood for them --- having forsaken worldly pursuits and received the dana of others, ect., that the recluse Gotama abstains from running such messages and errands.... you'll notice a reoccurring theme in this sutta, whereas some recluses and brahmins while living on the food offered by the faithful, earn their living by a wrong means of livelihood (miccha-ajiva) --- hence it is considered a violation of monastic discipline.


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Re: What's wrong with running errands?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 12:20:39 pm »
Thank you. Didn't know a rule like that existed for monks.

 


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