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Monastic life and mind

Monastic life and mind

Reverend Master Meiko of Shasta Abbey talks about her life as a monastic. This talk was given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2005.

  • Love and being drawn to the Dharma
  • Living in a commmunity
  • Sanctify the mundane: reverence, caring and respectful mind
  • When the bell rings, go to the hall—mindfulness
  • Rock tumbler—smooth out the edges
  • Cut all family ties—from attachment and dependence to deep love
  • Everyday life—take where we are and what we’re doing as the practice

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 16 (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.