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I'm a brand new member and not sure just where to place this thread, so it may be in the wrong sub-forum.
The question was asked on a Thai forum about what should a Thai monk do if a woman was in danger of drowning and he was in a position to save her. However, the Thai Vinaya forbids a monk to touch a woman.
I found an answer to the question in this forum from the Mahayana perspective to the effect that the Bodhisattva Vow always takes precedence over pratimoksha vows; hence a Mahayana monk would jump in and save the woman.
However, I don't know what would be the expected thing according to the Theravada monastic vows. I also don't know if all Mahayana monks take the Bodhisattva Vow. Can anyone enlighten me?
Incidentally, I'm based in Bangkok and have been in Thailand and Laos a total of about 15 years (but not continuously). My wife was brought up in the Theravada tradition, but she is a great admirer of Thich Nhat Hanh and we have both stayed at Plum Village in France. I respect the Theravada adherence to the Pali Canon, but I prefer the Mahayana sangha as I've experienced it.
There doesn't seem to be a thread for new members to introduce themselves, so I've done that as well as ask my question. Sorry about the length of the post.