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Development of the sangha

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey's annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2005.

  • Spacing out or getting distracted affects not just ourselves but also the community we are living in
  • Relating our behavior, habits, and ways of being in the world to the state of our mind
  • History and development of the sangha (continued)
    • Full and new moon recitations of the Pratimoksha vows: admitting our faults to others makes us less attached to reputation and more trusting of others
    • Levels of Pratimoksha ordination
    • Decision-making in the sangha community
    • Rules of etiquette
    • Making confessions and giving feedback

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 8 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.