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Taking and holding the precepts

Taking and holding the precepts

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

  • Examples and clarification of each precept
  • The ten advantages of taking precepts
  • History of the origin of the precepts
  • How the precepts help us as individuals and how they help the community
  • How the precepts help us to overcome our afflictions and work to bring peace and happiness to the community
  • Questions and answers

Exploring Monastic Life 2008: Session 3 (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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