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Purpose of precepts

Purpose of precepts

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

  • The reasons why Buddha created the precepts
  • How precepts promote harmony
  • Monastics inspire laypeople
  • Sangha’s interrelationship with general society
  • Using robes as an opportunity to connect with people
  • Precepts help us to stay calm and restrain our restless energy
  • The ultimate purpose of the precepts—sustaining the 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.