History of the sangha

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

  • The purpose of living in a community after one ordains is not to escape the world at large but to train the “berserk-y” mind so as to be of benefit to others
  • How the sangha—the community of monastic followers of the Buddha—began
    • Why study the history
    • The origin of the precepts
    • The society at the time of the Buddha
    • The Buddha’s first ordained and lay disciples
    • The growth of the sangha
    • How the sangha get their requisites—food, clothing, shelter and medicine
  • Questions and answers

Exploring Monastic Life 2005: Session 4 (download)

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