Motivation in a monastic environment

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

  • Importance of establishing daily motivation to maintain the correct mindset when living a monastic life
  • Structure of the monastic living environment founded on the four noble truths and the three higher trainings
  • Celibacy and romantic relationships
  • Alcohol and abuse of prescription medication
  • Elimination of distractions
  • Dealing with authority and rules
  • Seeing the kindness of others
  • Relating to sentient beings meaningfully in the age of technology
  • Questions and answers
    • Why isn’t EML a silent retreat?
    • Practicing as a lay person versus monastics
    • Staying in touch with the political and social environment
    • Being overwhelmed by others’ suffering and impossibility to do everything
    • Bringing practice back to lay life

Exploring Monastic Life 2010: Session 2 (download)

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