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After the Buddha awakened

After the Buddha awakened

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

  • Buddha’s deeds after he attained awakening
  • Creating a solid motivation for ordination
  • Buddha’s students embodied the teachings, so others were inspired to ordain
  • Buddha taught every type of person
  • Why realized beings don’t show their magical powers
  • Beginnings of the bhikshuni order
  • Gender equality and vinaya at the Abbey

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.