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Elements of the monastic lifestyle

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

  • How to cultivate a monastic mind
  • Comparing the Buddhist view with the worldly view
  • One’s life as an offering
  • Simplicity and environmental concern
  • The more stuff we have, the more hell realms we have
  • Choosing the kind of conditioning we want
  • Relating to the media
  • Relating to family, and not getting involved in drama

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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