Deciding to become a monastic

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

  • Discussion with EML participants on numerous issues including experiences with careers
    • What it really means to be useful and help someone
    • The ideas of justice and fairness in the framework of karma
    • Transforming the mind and applying the antidote with compassion
    • The motivation to ordain
    • Coming to the decision to ordain based on the lamrim meditations
  • Abbey monastics share their motivations for ordination
  • Questions and answers
    • Lessening someone’s negative karma
    • Insanity and breaking precepts
    • Ahimsa: Word for Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Gandhi’s quality in Dharma
    • Why are there more Western senior women in robes than men?
    • How do you distinguish whether you see monastic life as a career or not?
    • Signs that you’re ready to ordain

Exploring Monastic Life 2008: Session 9 (download)

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