Hello Virtual Dhamma friends/Sangha members,
I have heard that, junior monks(< 5 vassas) are not encouraged(/allowed) to teach Dhamma in retreat settings to lay followers, rather monk need to stay with preceptor all the time, is it true?
Can junior monk teach Dhamma(in retreat settings) in front of senior monk?
This is purely a convention practiced in some communities. There is nothing in the Vinaya about this.
In fact, if a monk sees his preceptor doing something wrong that might endanger his monk life, then the student has an obligation to preach Dhamma
to his preceptor.
Moreover, “retreat setting” is a modern thing. So we don’t find that in the Vinaya.
March 16, 2023, 8:22pm
Samutta Nikaya 41.7 is an example of a layperson teaching a monk.
Yes. Happens all the time
The convention is that before speaking, the junior monk would be introduced or invited by the senior monk or would at least say a few words at the beginning of their talk to acknowledge the senior monk(s). But this is just a matter of politeness.
Usually there will firstly be a peremptory asking permission from the Sangha to speak on the Dhamma by a younger monk.