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Six harmonies of the sangha

Six harmonies of the sangha

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

  • Living in harmony in monastic community
  • Mindfulness of physical, verbal and mental actions
  • Following precepts, sharing views and resources
  • Getting complacent and obstacles
  • Ordination reflects a commitment to full awakening; the path; self-restraint; benefiting others; and simplicity
  • Dealing with society’s ideas and one’s own family dynamics

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.