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The importance of monastic training

The importance of monastic training

This talk was given at the Buddhist College of Singapore Nuns’ Campus to a group thinking of becoming Buddhist nuns. The introduction was given by Venerable Faxun, the head of the Buddhist College Singapore Nuns’ Campus.

  • The importance of a clear, long term motivation when becoming a monastic
  • The benefits of a renunciate life
  • Comparing the life of a lay practitioner to monastic life
  • Three things you are not going to like about living in a monastic community
  • What it means to train the mind in a monastic community

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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.