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Relating to the material world

Relating to the material world

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

  • The importance of renouncing our attachment to the pleasures of this life
  • How precepts guide one’s actions of body, speech and mind away from worldly desires
  • Enduring obstacles to cultivate internal strength

Patience is the foremost path.
There is nothing comparable in Buddha’s teaching.
If one who has left the household life disturbs others,
She cannot be called a renunciant.

That is the vinaya of Tathagata Vipasyin, the unattached, the fully enlightened one.

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.