What the Buddha faced in his life, and how the monastic community was established.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2017)
The importance of motivation when ordaining, and how to work with our expectations of monastic life.
A teaching from the Buddhist ordination ceremony text, focusing on the attitude to have when considering going forth from the householder’s life.
False expectations we may approach ordination with, and the importance of practicing self-compassion to overcome them.
The teaching from the ordination ceremony text continues, focusing on advice concerning how monastic relate to family and society at large.
A teaching from the ordination ceremony text, focusing on advice from the acharya about practicing the three higher trainings for the purpose of liberation.
Venerable Thubten Tarpa teaches on how to live joyfully in community, drawing from her own experience at Sravasti Abbey.
How monastics must guard their integrity and aspiration for awakening by developing self-confidence and immunity towards what others think.
The importance of purification before ordination and the actual taking of ethical restraints.
How to overcome obstacles to receiving precepts, and the situation of Western monastics in the Tibetan tradition