An introduction to the course and the challenges that we all have to look forward to while exploring monastic life.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2015)
On the purpose of bowing, recitations and offering the mandala before teachings. The Buddha’s life story up to the establishment of the nuns’ order.
The Buddha’s milieu, and how the sangha and Buddhism spread after the Buddha’s parinibbana.
Where ethical conduct fits into the Buddhist path, and the benefits of practicing ethical conduct.
Working with our attachment to approval by counteracting self-centered thoughts, and the various types of precepts and how to keep them.
Becoming aware of the identities we cling to and how they hinder our spiritual practice.
An example of how to meditate to loosen our craving for others’ approval. The right mindset with which to view the practice of ethical conduct.
How to reason with the afflicted mind and deal with “freak-outs” in our practice. Similarities and differences between the vinaya lineages.
How community life is integral to monastic training. The value of monastic community and how the prescriptive precepts help to shape the sangha.
What it means to fulfill the purpose of monastic life. Guarding the mind from the eight worldly concerns.