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The monastic preceptor

The monastic preceptor

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2007.


  • Process of ordination from preceptor to ceremony
  • Formal action of the sangha (sangha-karma)
  • Levels of ordination

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 10 (download)

Questions and answers

  • “Take dependence”
  • 10 precepts of the novice
  • How did you learn the Vinaya?
  • Relationship between senior and junior monastics
  • Strengthening the relationship between lay practitioners and the sangha

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 10 Q&A (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.

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