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Perfection of concentration

Perfection of concentration

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

  • Life of the Buddha starting at the point when he enters meditation and completes the perfection of concentration
  • Explanation of four of the five hindrances
    • Ill will and hatred
    • Sloth and torpor
    • Restlessness and worry
    • Doubt
  • Four jhana stages which purify them
    • Subsiding of thinking and pondering
    • Inner tranquility and openness
    • Equanimity and mindfulness
    • Mental clarification and development of supernatural powers

Exploring Monastic Life 2008: Session 10 (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.