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Living in a monastic environment

Living in a monastic environment

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

  • The theoretical and practical aspects of living in a monastic environment
  • How monastic precepts and monastery guidelines help us to overcome our self-centeredness
  • How community living helps us to cultivate contentment
  • Simple acts of daily life such as walking, sitting and even removing our shoes convey to others the “raw material” of which we are made
  • Questions and answers
    • Monastics describe their own experiences in receiving support from within the community

Exploring Monastic Life 2010: Session 1 (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.