The benefits of community life

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

  • How monastic community living is conducive to practice
    • Community living does not mean not enjoying the happiness of this life
    • How it is the attachment to the happiness of this life that is a problem
  • The Noble Search Sutta (MN 26)1
    • Noble search
    • Buddha’s biography

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 2 (download)


  1. In the references to the sutras MN refers to the Majjhima Nikaya, the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. DN refers to the Digha Nikaya, the Long Discourses of the Buddha. 

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