Essentials of monastic life

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2005.

  • Commitment to:
    • Attaining enlightenment for the benefit of sentient beings
    • Making the practice of the path the central part of our life
    • A life of non-harm: self-restraint
    • Being of as much benefit as we can
    • A lifestyle of not being pushed by the consumer mentality and the materialistic mentality
    • Counteract our own self-centeredness, cherish others
  • Celibacy
  • Living due to the kindness of others
  • Simplicity
  • How we use our time and what we choose to do
  • Community life
  • Following the Dharma instructions of our spiritual mentor
  • Relating to lay people and proper relationships with other people.
  • Cultivating the monastic mind
  • Questions and answers: is obedience a characteristic of the monastic mind?

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 9 (download)

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