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The elements of monastic life

The elements of monastic life

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2010

  • Nature of family life, its web of attachments and its difficulties
  • Contrasting family to monastic life
  • We bring deeply inculcated ways of being with us and must then deal with them while living in community
  • Learn to accept the help of others and give counsel ourselves

Exploring Monastic Life 2010: Session 9 (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.