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On monastic life

Reflections and Q&A with Bhikshuni Sangha

Following the ordination of Venerable Thubten Semkye at the Abbey, visiting nuns participated in a discussion and answered questions from guests. Those participating with Venerable Thubten Chodron were Venerables Minjia, Jendy, and Jencheng.

  • About practice
  • Importance of monasticism
  • Their stories on how they came to be ordained

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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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