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Monastic life changes: Relationships

Monastic life changes: Relationships

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

  • Overcoming our self-centered attitude
  • Differences in ordained and lay life
  • “Gooey sticky” relationships
  • What makes a good teacher and how to choose one
  • The steps on the path to full ordination
  • Discussion about the specifics of joining the monastery

Exploring Monastic Life 2010: Session 8 (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.