A realistic view of monastic life; commentaries on sutras. How taking vows, engaging in ethical conduct, and living in a community support progress on the path.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2009)
There is nothing wrong with enjoying the happiness of this life: it is attachment to that happiness that is a problem.
Learning from Buddha’s example to seek the truth with no compromise and practice diligently, as effort is required to develop our full potential on the path.
Don’t waste your time practicing ascetiscism, but do develop the fortitude to practice. Making the body suffer will not lead to nirvana.
Seeking pleasant feelings and avoiding pain are due to ignorance of the nature of self as impermanent and empty. How do we develop compassion for self?
The importance of remembering the Buddha’s qualities, observing ethical conduct, and not taking the teachings for granted.
Right behavior is a foundation to develop wisdom and great compassion. A description of three present-day Vinaya traditions.
Among the roles of the monastic is to serve the community by teaching the Dharma and acting as a good model for lay people.
One can easily become satisfied with lesser spiritual goals and miss out on seeking the higher spiritual goals of liberation and enlightenment.
Dangers of giving others more trust than they can bear and the importance of having realistic expectations. Looking at our own speech to see if it is truthful.