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“The Fruits of the Homeless Life”

The Samaññaphala Sutta

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

King Ajatashatru visits the Buddha

  • Background for the teachings given in the sutra
  • Other contemporary philosophical tenets

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 13, 1-2 (download)

Ethical conduct

  • How a monastic is perfected in ethical conduct
  • Questions and answers: joking and sarcasm

Exploring Monastic Life 2006: Session 13, 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.