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Exploring monastic life Q&A

Exploring monastic life Q&A

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

  • Questions on the Pratimoksha Sutra
  • How to relate to a spiritual mentor
  • How to tell your family and friends about your aspiration to ordain
  • Signs of progress
  • Not trying to be Tibetan—seeing what is culture and what is Dharma

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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