Monastic life Edit
Generally, any monastery was governed by the rules given by Shinsei in his Path of Purification sermon, though notably the Shintao sect chose not to follow certain of these guidelines. There were certain hard-and-fast rules that were always followed:  
- Do not eat meat (though fish may be eaten).
- Avoid violence.
- Avoid killing for any reason.
- Remain celibate.
- Avoid gluttony and drunkenness.
- Do not defile a holy place.
- Do not commit murder or rape.
Eight Petals of the Lotus Edit
Additionally, monks were encouraged to follow the "eight petals of the lotus": right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Monks were also forbidden to participate in politics, though many monasteries had become politically influential over the years. Monks were also supposed to remain ascetic, though many monasteries had gained great wealth.  
Travelling monks Edit
Many monks did not reside in a monastery for one reason or another. These monks would travel from place to place and monastery to monastery, generally begging for their sustenance and board as they travel. Nevertheless, these monks were still expected to follow the same rules as monks within a monastery.  
Each monastery has an internal hierarchy of some sort. The leadership of the monasteries is supposed to consist of the most spiritually enlightened of its monks, but often leadership positions default to former members of the samurai caste.  
Initiates were the lowest rank of members of a monastery. Once a new member had moved past the initiate phase, they were called rishi. Sozu were the supervisors of various areas of life within the monastery. The heads of the monastery were called sojo; sojo were in charge of the sozu and in control of all aspects of life at the monastery. Dai-sojo were in charge of several monasteries, managing the various sojo and reporting directly to the leader of their sect.  
All monks wore the traditional saffron robes that had become synonymous with their position. In addition, monks within a monastery would wear a coloured over-robe to designate their position within the monastery. Initiates and sozu had black over-robes, sojo had purple over-robes, and dai-sojo had red over-robes.  
External Links Edit
- Monastery (Hidden Emperor 3)
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