Ethical conduct

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

  • Dharma practice is predicated on good ethical conduct
  • Monastic precepts and their advantages
    • To promote harmony within the sangha community
    • To transform the society
    • To bring about individual liberation
    • The ultimate advantage is for the Dharma to be forever sustained
  • Shift in perspective after taking the bhikshuni ordination
  • Questions and answers
    • Why did the nuns get the vow for the garlic when they already would have been breaking the vow to not cut plants?
    • Do you think lay people could sustain the Dharma too or is it not possible?
    • What is the difference between confessing a mistake to the sangha and confessing by yourself?
    • Why shouldn’t lay people read the precepts?
    • Why can’t monastics cut flowers?
    • If you receive novice ordination in the Tibetan tradition and then get full Bhikshuni ordination in another tradition, how does that affect your relationship with your root guru?

Exploring Monastic Life 2010: Session 5 (download)

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