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Mindfulness and checking awareness

Mindfulness and checking awareness

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

  • Patterns of emotion and thought
  • Authority and accepting decisions when we don’t have a say in them
  • “The Fruits of the Homeless Life” from the Samanapala Sutta
    • Perfect ethical conduct leads to freedom from danger
    • Bliss of blamelessness
    • Restraint of the sense faculties
    • Four types of checking awareness
  • Questions and answers
    • Do the seeds accumulated over the past form a pattern?

Exploring Monastic Life 2008: Session 7 (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.