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    The drunken monk (viral video)

    The drunken monk (viral video)





    To refrain from taking intoxicants is one of the primary vows that laypeople may take and that monastics have to uphold.

    One of the main reasons for not becoming intoxicated is that this can—and often does— lead to breaking other vows or straying from one’s integrity. Another reason for not becoming intoxicated is that for many, intoxication obscures the clarity of mind— the clarity to understand and rest in one’s true nature moment to moment.
    If one’s mind has stabilized in true nature to the extent that its clarity is never obscured, then it makes no difference whether one takes in substances or not.

    From the point of view of the dharma training I was given, it is permissible, even having taken this vow, as a layperson, to enjoy a glass of wine occasionally.

    A distinction is made between intoxication, where one’s clarity is compromised, and simply enjoying partaking of a substance.

    I also do not feel that occasionally utilizing a substance for transformational work is an obstacle to awakening. It may be helpful—but honest discernment and consultation is needed if one engages in this way, so that one does not fool oneself and go astray.

    The drunken monk (viral video) - PattayaOne


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    Quote Originally Posted by snakeeyes
    I also do not feel that occasionally utilizing a substance for transformational work is an obstacle to awakening. It may be helpful.
    [QUOTE="snakeeyes"] so that one does not fool oneself and go astray.

    Now that is the wine talking.

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    I must say I didn't really understand the point of the video. Maybe he had a drink but drunk ?

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