Development of the first sangha

The origin of precepts

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2013.

  • Stages of awakening
  • Stories—Buddha’s first teaching after enlightenment, first set of arhats, qualities of the students
  • 8 parajikas or defeats and the reasons why they got established
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Guard well your speech,
Purify your mind,
Avoid all negativity of the body
Purify the actions of all three.
Being able to do all this
Is the path of the great sage.

That is the vinaya of Sakyamuni, the unattached one, the fully enlightened one.

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