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Samsaric pleasures and developing concentration

Samsaric pleasures and developing concentration

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

  • The Greater Discourse to Saccaka Sutta (MN 36)1
    • Development of body versus development of mind
    • How contact with sense objects leads to craving
    • Nature of samsaric pleasures
  • The Fear and Dread Sutta (MN 4)
    • Purpose of developing concentration
    • Supernormal powers
  • Questions and answers
    • Due to fear of the disadvantages of samsara, grabbing onto the identify of “monastic.” Is that a good motivation?
    • Planting good seeds in this life
    • Direct perception of impermanence

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 5 (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

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.