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9. Caring for Temple Property and Responsibility

Temple property means anything that has been donated to, or built for in the name of religion.

      Every monk in the temple must co-operate to help care for all these things. Otherwise laymen will not continue to make merit by donating goods. You will see that some temples have been abandoned, and the reason for this is that the monks did not take proper care of the temple. Taking care of the temple will instill a desire for fixing and looking after things.

      If one screw falls out of a car engine, for example, there might be a squeaking noise. If left uncorrected, it might lead to greater problems that can have more serious consequences, when you actually get around to fix it, it might cost much more money that if you had simply replace that first missing screw. Moreover,

      this all could have been avoided if you have the inclination to fix problems when they occur, rather than procrastinating. How can we avoid all these problems? when you become a monk you should yourself by constantly be aware of things that need to be done and doing them sooner rather than later.

Monk's responsibilities are things that he must do, on top of all the usual daily routine he must perform, such as chanting in the assembly hall, chanting for special occasions, or any sort of activity that must be done for the temple. Paying attention to one's duty means paying attention to all of the needs of the temple.

 

The Benefits of Caring for Temple Property and Responsibility

It helps you to become a person who has self-sacrifice and con­sideration. Even if you leave the monkhood, people will respect you and care about you for these qualities.

 

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