|Author||ð||Ven. Rahula Thera|
This edition of one thousand copies has been published by Maha-Makuta-Raja-Vidyalaya (King Maha Makuta’s Academy) for the benefit of people who are interested in the way of training of those who have left their homes to lead the homeless life. It is hoped that this work which is complementary to the Pali and English Patimokkha published here, will be found useful in two ways.
The first concerns Buddhist lay-people who should know how a bhikkhu (monk)
or samanera (novice) should train himself so that they may be of help to him in
this respect. Since in Buddhist tradition, the life of bhikkhu and Samanera are
not secluded from lay-people but rather they form two halves of the whole, so
lay-people who have the welfare at heart of
those gone forth also take interest in how the latter should train
themselves. Moreover, lay-people
often take the precepts of the bhikkhu or Samanera upon themselves for a limited
period of training so that this book, many times printed in Thai, may help
Buddhist lay-people in other countries who do know the Thai language.
The second point concerns one who aspires to become a Samanera.
He should be fully aware of his own way of training and just which
precepts he should observe. With
this awareness and the help of his Teacher, he can train himself with diligence.
As ever increasing numbers of people become interested in the practice of
Lord Buddha’s Teachings, so whether as forthgone or lay practicers, it becomes
increasingly necessary to make available genuine Buddhist literature that they
may be well-informed regarding their respective duties in the Buddhist way of
This translation, originally produced as a booklet (without the Biography
of Venerable Rahula), by Mahamakuta Educational Council on the occasion of the
cremation of the remains of His Holiness the late Sangharaja, Phra
Ariyavamsagatanana, has in this edition been both revised and enlarged.
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