Precepts and vows

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

Ethical restraint

  • Levels of vows taken by monastics and lay practitioners
  • Benefits of taking and keeping precepts

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 1 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Refuge/precepts without formal ceremony
  • Eating meat
  • Purpose of recitation

Exploring Monastic Life 2007: Session 1 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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