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The life of the Buddha

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

  • How the Buddha’s life story shows us the direction we can go in our mind training
  • The behavior of Buddha’s monastic disciples in relation to inspiring faith in the lay community
  • The intentions behind some of the monastic precepts
  • Suggestions how we may carry those intentions into contemporary monastic life in our culture
  • Questions and answers
    • Buddha’s crown protrusion and hair
    • Remembering all the things to avoid
    • Deception and not saying everything about a situation

Exploring Monastic Life 2008: Session 5 (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.