Historical evolution of the sangha

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

  • Importance of realizing how we are conditioned and seeing ourselves as a dependent phenomenon
  • Taking precepts helps condition our body, speech and mind in a positive direction: not martial law
  • Self-acceptance and being “in balance:” compassion for self (wishing to be free from suffering and its causes)
  • Organic evolution of the sangha over time:
    • Monastics precepts
    • Varsa (the 3-month rain season retreat)
    • Settled monastic communities and monasteries
    • Sutras being written down
    • Divisions in the Sangha in Vinaya and philosophy
    • The 18 traditions
    • Monastic universities
  • Cultural conditioning and Dharma practice
  • Questions and answers

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 7 (download)

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