Buddhist Studies in a Monastic Setting
Purpose of Buddhist Studies is among many things, to maintain and expand peace and harmony, create goodness in human beings and to promote a sense of responsibility.
The reason for taking ordination and becoming a monk is to practice renunciation, ethics and to learn and study. Monks undergo strict training in discipline and virtue called “Vinaya”. They receive the three higher trainings: Vinaya (monk’s vows), Sutra (teachings of the Buddha) and Abhidharma (Wisdom). Monks renounce ordnary living for a simple life focused on personal development towards wisdom – through rigorous study and training. Monks renounce possessions, personal schedules, personal space, opinions, needs, and comforts. They do this,not for personal gain, but in order to help all sentient beings.