Apply the lessons we learn from the Buddha’s life. How he lived is a teaching on how to practice.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life 2006
We take the precepts to stop gross harm to sentient beings and to reduce distractions in meditation.
The sangha from Buddha’s time to the present day, from wandering mendicants to community.
Classification of vows for fully ordained monastics and disciplinary measures.
Learning to live without constant ego-gratifying feedback.
Respecting others’ spiritual practice and spiritual yearning. Trusting the wisdom of the group.
The spread of Buddhism: ideas from Pali tradition to Mahayana tradition.
How the various traditions build upon each other. The different ways of seeing the spiritual mentor according to each system.
There are records of Buddhist teachings in oral and written form through time. Were they all actual words of the Buddha?
The precept of celibacy and the repercussions of unwise sexual behavior.