The original meaning of âConglinâ is grove or forest. A thickly populated monastery is just like a forest with plenty of trees, so it is called âconglinâ, meaning great monastery (Mahavihara).
According to the Buddhist rules, monks should possess three robes: a large, a medium and a small. The small one, made of five stripes of cloth, known as Five-strip Robe in China, is for doing manual and cleaning work. The medium one, made of seven pieces of cloth, commonly called Seven-strip Robe in China, is the normal form of dress.
All phenomena in the universe exist in mutually depending interrelationships, so that when this arises, that arises; when this ceases, that ceases. There is no permanent existence at all. Therefore, all phenomena are impermanent in nature, arising and ceasing from instant to instant.
âFree from sentient beingsâ, âdependent upon other conditionsâ and âwithout an actorâ, all elaborate the theory of Egolessness. âSentient beingâ is âSattaâ in Pali, which includes human beings and all other sentient creatures.
All Dhammas are produced by Hetu-paccaya. Though impermanent, constantly arising and ceasing, they are continuously connected without interruption, just like flowing water.
The Buddhist theory of Dependent Origination is centered around the problem of human life. there are, it is generally believed, ten or twelve Links of Dependent Origination.