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Doing long retreat

Doing long retreat

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2006.

Life in retreat

  • Significant things that happen
    • What the ego does to feed itself
    • Handling silence
    • Experiencing different levels of the sense of self
    • Make friends with yourself
    • Using karma and emptiness to deconstruct the view of self
    • Value of purification and accumulation of merit
    • Trust the process and be patient
  • Questions and answers

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 5, 1-2 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Daily schedule
  • Special precepts
  • Noticing resistance
  • Perception of time
  • Relating to others

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 5, 2-2 (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.