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Livelihood for monastics

Livelihood for monastics

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2008.

  • Activities and means of livelihood to be avoided by monastics
    • Stop searching for happiness outside, but within the mind instead
  • Danger of doing “magic”
  • Explanation of correct view for Dharma practice
  • Questions and answers
    • Not having a job
    • Offering services to a monastery to help it function
    • Bodhicitta in practical application

Exploring Monastic Life 2008: Session 6 (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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