How to prepare for monastic ordination. Reflecting on motivation, dealing with difficulties.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2007)
Monastics and lay practitioners take different levels of precepts. The benefits of taking and keeping precepts.
A condensed explanation of the lamrim, the gradual path to enlightenment.
The evolution of monasticism in the Buddhist tradition.
Buddha’s disciple foremost in faith who, with pure motivation, looked with wisdom at cyclic existence and renounced without regret.
The temporary goal of a monastic is to create a community that facilitates practice, so that everybody can progress on the path to enlightenment.
Precepts serve to guide monastics in a positive direction, making the mind peaceful by abandoning activities that bring agitation.
Keeping precepts in our present-day culture and relating to others in a healthy way.
Living in community with mindfulness: a long-term vision to prepare the monastery for future generations of monastics.
The more we keep the precepts, the better we get along with other people, because the precepts are designed to subdue our negative actions of body and speech.