The foundation of monastic life

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2014.

  • Vow” isn’t a great term—they’re guidelines for training the mind
  • “Taking dependence” on a senior monastic when first ordained
  • Topics in the vinaya
  • Precepts and Dharma practice—the three higher trainings
  • Precepts keep us from acting spontaneously out of afflicted states
  • The difference between guilt and regret
  • The “precept body
  • Precepts interrupt our habits, helping us avoid repeating negative actions
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