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3. Confession

      The act of Confession involves a monk who has transgressed his monastic discipline and who wishes to express regret over his misdeed to his preceptor, and who now promises to never repeat the transgression again.

      The Buddha taught his disciples not to hide their misdeeds. If they did something wrong, then they should admit to it, and confess. This was to ensure that monks would not lie to the world. If the wrongdoing was severe, then the monk must accept the consequences whatever that may be, even if it meant leaving the monkhood. Should the monk commit a severe transgression, he would be showing his inability to uphold the monastic life, and therefore he must leave it for a less serious offence he must humble himself before his peers and accept his personal shame so that he may ask for forgiveness. Punishment in this case might entail temporary confinement to a limited area.

 

The Benefits of Confession

1.  It helps monks to recognize any wrongdoings.

2.  It helps monks to solve problems rather than hide it, and accept the consequences

3.  It prevents monks from being deceitful, and clears the mind for making merit and receiving the knowledge in the Dhamma

 

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