Role of Monks in Society

May I know where to find reliable references that monks should have a
role of serving society in addition to teaching Dhamma?


Now at that time a certain monk was sick with dysentery. He lay fouled in his own urine & excrement. Then the Blessed One, on an inspection tour of the lodgings with Ven. Ananda as his attendant, went to that monk's dwelling and, on arrival, saw the monk lying fouled in his own urine & excrement. On seeing him, he went to the monk and said, "What is your sickness, monk?" -...-Then the Blessed One addressed Ven. Ananda: "Go fetch some water, Ananda. We will wash this monk." -...- [the questioned monks replied to the Buddha] "He doesn't do anything for the monks, lord, which is why they don't attend to him.". "Monks [said the Buddha], you have no mother, you have no father, who might tend to you. If you don't tend to one another, who then will tend to you? Whoever would tend to me, should tend to the sick. (Buddhist Kucchivikara-vatthu).

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Thank you so much for sharing

Thank you so much for sharing this one.