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Managing MonksAdministrators and Administrative Roles in Indian Buddhist Monasticism$
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Jonathan A. Silk

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326840.001.0001

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Misbehaving Managers

Misbehaving Managers

(p.177) 10 Misbehaving Managers
Managing Monks

Jonathan A. Silk

Oxford University Press

Buddhist accounts would normally portray administrators as those who are involved in certain unlawful acts and are undergoing karmic effects because of such wrongdoings. Many of these narratives can be traced to be related to historical accounts of the Vinaya corpora that account for wide-ranging administrative duties, various titles, and an assortment of possible offenses that can be related to such positions. Certain administrative monks are also tasked to accommodate and tend to the needs of visiting monks, a common theme evident in a number of writings. Some stories tell of how some monks believe that they have the right to some of the donations offered, and that the *āvāsika was allowed to disallow certain visitors. This chapter presents instances found in numerous Buddhist writings about how some monks or managers were able to abuse their power or push through with some practices that were illicit and frowned upon.

Keywords:   illicit behavior, monks, managers, administrative monks, *āvāsika, visiting monks

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