The Fundamental Duty of a Monk


A monk was injured accidentally in the preparation of a Dharma ceremony. The Master wanted him to take a rest and treat his injury, but the monk could not forget about the ceremony and stubbornly insisted on continuing his work. He asked, “Isn’t helping sentient beings the fundamental duty of a monk?”

The Master replied, “Firmly abiding in right mindfulness is the most fundamental duty of a monk.”