No hysteric visions, no madman's dreams, no clever conjurer's tricks, have ever shed a tawdry glory on the monkhood of the Buddha.
And therefore the monkhood, powerful as they were, left all politics alone.
There is only one opinion amongst all those who have tried to study the Buddhist monkhood—that their conduct is admirable.
Of the internal management of the monkhood I have but little to say.
I found, too, that a lofty idea prevails in Ceylon in regard to the status of the monkhood.
Buddhist monkhood was purely voluntary, so that all were free to come and go.
In the former I noticed a large central hall, in which the ceremony of admission to the monkhood takes place.
It bids a man, if he strives after perfection, abandon the world and lead a life of monkhood.
Alas, if 201 the faith of the cheese-monger is become adulterated, what shall we say of the faith of our monkhood?
In regard to the gradations of the monkhood a more complete organization exists in Burma than in Ceylon.