Taking ordination is easy, keeping it is hard. It is being intent on virtue.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life 2005
A meditation on the 12 deeds of the Buddha.
An ordained life: a lamrim meditation on our daily life.
The purpose of living in community. The evolution of the sangha and the establishment of precepts.
Benefits of taking precepts, seeing the teacher as the Buddha, and etiquette between lay practitioners, sangha, and spiritual mentors.
Keeping precepts protects us from negative actions and spurs us to develop wisdom rather than give in to the afflictions.
Dharma practice means being a balanced human being with self acceptance and ease, not being uptight or having an internal “civil war.”
Relating our ways of being in the world to our state of mind and how that affects the community around us. The history and development of the Sangha continued.
The heart of ordination is to guide our mind away from negative actions and to stop harming others and ourselves.
Keeping the Dharma alive for future generations.