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Qualities of the monastic mind

Qualities of the monastic mind

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2014.

  • Traits which are desirable in someone aspiring to ordain
  • Keeping the four immeasurables in mind
  • Relationships with lay people
  • The importance of wearing robes
  • Qualifications for ordination

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.