After ordination

After ordination

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

  • New appearance reminds us of precepts and is symbolic of the path
  • A new name reflects qualities to live up to
  • New livelihood helps us keep precepts and focus mind on Dharma
  • New diet emphasizes simplicity and reliance
  • New lodging encourages harmony
  • New responsibility helps us to see a bigger picture

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.

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