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Life of the Buddha

Life of the Buddha

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

  • How Buddha leaves his palace with all its richness
    • Buddha’s spiritual practice and enlightenment
    • Buddha starts teachings after his enlightenment
  • The happiness in Western life
  • Why monastic life is more beneficial
  • Questions and answers

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 2 (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.