Opening the 2008 Exploring Monastic Life program with an introduction and advice on how to practice during the retreat.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2008)
What is important in our lives? Happiness is getting our lives together to pacify our afflictions with the intention to abandon negative, harmful actions.
Vows aren’t designed to make us miserable, but to make our minds peaceful and happy by abandoning activities that make us agitated. We choose to take the vows.
Monastic context of socializing with family and friends, receiving gifts and donations, appropriate bodily conduct and speech, meal consumption, entertainment.
The life of the Buddha in terms of the direction we can go in mind training, and how the Buddha’s monastic disciples inspire faith in the lay community.
Avoiding activities that are naturally negative and activities that will take you away from your spiritual practice.
Going through the day feeling confident we have good ethical conduct and bearing no guilt or shame. Conducting ourselves with introspective alertness.
Dissatisfaction is painful so we train our mind to be happy with what we have, being unfettered by craving and wanting.
What does being useful really mean? What are your spiritual aspirations? Coming to the decision to ordain based on the lamrim meditations.
On the basis of ethical conduct, training to abandon the hindrances and as a result experiencing happiness and joy leading to different meditative stages.