The Buddha’s life and teaching

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

  • The purpose of bowing and recitations before teachings
  • The purpose of the mandala offering
  • The life story of the Buddha and how it relates to us
    • How he grew up in line with his parents’ and society’s wishes
    • Sneaking out of the palace and seeing the four messengers
    • Giving up palace life to pursue a spiritual path
    • How the three higher knowledges map onto the three principal aspects of the path
    • Attaining full awakening
    • Teaching the first five disciples
    • Establishing the nuns’ order
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