Exploring the core elements of a monastic lifestyle in the last teaching in the 2018 EML retreat.
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Discussing the things that change after ordination.
Discussing the commitments that monastics make when ordaining and the benefits monasteries provide society.
The other advantages of monastic precepts: to transform society, to bring about individual liberation, and to ensure the longevity of the Dharma.
The three kinds of precepts (pratimoksa, bodhisattva, and tantric) and how the first two reasons for precepts promote harmony in the sangha.
The six harmonies of the Sangha described by the Buddha: physical, verbal, mental, keeping precepts, views, and sharing requisites.
History and status of full ordination for women.
Continuing the story of Sudina, where the Buddha explains 10 reasons for laying down the first monastic precept.
The story of Venerable Sudina, a monk whose transgression occasioned the first monastic precept.
The story of Venerable Ratthapala and his response to a king who asked why he ordained while still young..