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Benefits of ordination

Benefits of ordination

Jangtse Choje (Gyume Khensur) Rinpoche gave this talk to those who attended the second Exploring Monastic Life program.

The benefits of ordination

  • Incredible merit is created all the time
  • The freedom to dedicate one’s life completely to Dharma
  • Seeing the benefits of living in pure ethical conduct by studying and reflecting on the teachings

EML 2006: Ordination 01 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Meditating on the lamrim includes all of Buddha’s teachings and should be continued one’s whole life
  • Being clear and stable in one’s decision, whether that’s to ordain or remain a layperson
  • Thinking realistically in the long term to develop a stable motivation, not expecting short-term results
  • The three circles, the responsibilities of a monastic: service, study, concentration

EML 2006: Ordination 02 (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.