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Monasteries and monastic training

Monasteries and monastic training

A talk given at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington, after Venerable Thubten Chodron returned from the 14th annual gathering of Western Buddhist monastics.

  • Training of monastics
  • Creating Western monasteries
  • Challenges to Western Buddhist monasticism

Reflections on the 14th annual Western Buddhist monastic gathering (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.