Exploring Monastic Life | Thubten Chodron http://thubtenchodron.org The Thubten Chodron Teaching Archive Mon, 23 Oct 2017 02:28:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cutting bonds and going forth http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/home-to-homelessness/ Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:14:56 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80655

  • Concluding instructions
  • Receiving the ordination in a proper manner
  • Respecting other practitioners
  • Dedication
  • Taking three refuges
  • Questions and answers

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Renouncing worldly life http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/commit-to-practice/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:14:56 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80654

  • Consistency in dress and practice
  • Becoming a field of merit
  • Renounce the worldly life without interruption
  • Following the Mahayana
  • Final instructions
  • Respect and uphold the precepts
  • Refrain from negativity
  • Questions and answers

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Sravasti Abbey values http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/sravasti-abbey-values/ Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:14:54 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80653

  • The Sravasti Abbey values
  • Guiding the development of monastic minds
  • An explanation of the purpose and practical application of the values can also be accessed here

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Western monastics http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/sincere-practice/ Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80652

  • Sincerely practicing the Dharma
  • Advice from the preceptor
  • Obstacles to receiving the precepts
  • Practicing according to our karmic situation
  • The situation of Western monastics in the Tibetan tradition
  • Questions and answers

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Taking ethical restraints http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/counteracting-selfishness/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80651

  • Chipping away at the self-centered thought
  • Taking the five precepts
  • Hearing teachings multiple times
  • Concentration and sincerity
  • Avoiding arrogance and negligence
  • Sangha karmans
  • Purification before ordination
  • Transforming adversity into the path
  • Taking the Sramanera ethical restraints
  • Questions and answers

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Guarding integrity and aspiration http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/going-forth-priorities/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80650

  • The job description of someone who goes forth
  • Becoming a merit field for others practice
  • The four kinds of people we’re indebted to
  • The merit created by ordaining
  • Letting family know our priorities have shifted
  • Questions and answers

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Living joyfully together http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/harmonious-sangha-community/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:14:54 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80649

  • The six harmonies
  • Three principle aspects of the path
  • Reflections on living in community
  • How we get into trouble
  • Learning about optimism
  • Advice from Thich Nhat Hahn
  • When we compare ourselves to other practitioners

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The banner of the Dharma http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/ethical-conduct-liberation/ Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80648

  • Ethical conduct
  • Abandoning the wish to harm others
  • Looking at self-conceptions
  • Gratitude to parents
  • The three higher trainings
  • The goal of liberation
  • Helping the Dharma remain for a long time

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Family life http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/relating-to-others/ Sat, 05 Aug 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80647

  • No security in samsara
  • Being creatures of habit
  • What we do now influences our state of death
  • Advice from the Acharya
  • Cutting hair and leaving family
  • Generating an expansive mind and following the model of the Buddha
  • Becoming responsible for our emotional well-being

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Working with expectations http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/08/being-realistic/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:14:55 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80646

  • The problem of unrealistic expectations regarding:
    • Perfectionism
    • Authority and teacher relationship
    • Ideas of training
  • Compassion for oneself
  • Becoming aware of our self-talk
  • Distancing ourselves from the self-centered thought
  • How do we honor ourselves

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