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The purpose of the EML program

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey's annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2015.

  • Purpose of the Exploring Monastic Life course
  • Working with the dissatisfied mind
  • The three things everyone dislikes at a monastery
  • The purpose of offering service
  • Attachment to friends, family, and our reputation
  • Rejoicing in the changes we see in ourselves and others
  • Giving up the competitive mind

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.