The Vinaya is the traditional monastic code, dating from the time of the Buddha. The Buddha consistently referred to the body of his teachings as the Dhamma-Vinaya. The Vinaya represents one (traditionally regarded as the first) of the three “baskets” (tipitaka) of the Pali Canon. It is also the most widely studied and regarded within the range of Buddhist scriptures, the Dhamma often represented by later sutra or commentarial traditions in most schools of Buddhism, but the Vinaya upheld in every Buddhist land, except only marginally in Japan. The Vinaya is studied for the most part by monastics or aspiring monastics. However, it is a valuable resource for laypeople either to understand the practice of monastics with which one might interest, or to integrate aspects of monastic practice into one’s lay life.

Bhante Cintita teaches Vinaya opportunistically depending on demand, generally for anyone contemplating or intending monastic ordination, though anyone is welcome to participate. Please contact Bhante for information about a possibly ongoing class, or to express interest in learning Vinaya.


  • Bhikkhu Ariyesako, 1998, The Bhikkhu’s Rules: a Guide for Laypeople, Sanghaloka Forest Monastery, Austalia. (pdf, Sitagu library)
  • Venerable Dhamma Sami, 2002, The Manual of the Bhikkhu, (pdf)
  • Thanissaro Bhikkhu, 2013, The Buddhist Monastic Code (two volumes), Metta Forest Monastery. (pdf1, pdf2, Sitagu library)
  • Other books available in Sitagu library with call numbers BQ2272-2572, BQ6000-6200.


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