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Kassapa Discourses: Guarding the mind

Kassapa Discourses: Guarding the mind

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2009.

  • Commentary on Chapter 16 of the Connected Discourses with Kassapa
    • How monastics should relate to the laity as well as families and friends
    • Guarding the mind when giving teachings, and when accepting gifts
    • Importance of restraining the sense faculties
    • Transgressions and restraint
    • How one maintains monastic vows in modern society

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 11 (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.