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Reducing attachment, cultivating confidence

Reducing attachment, cultivating confidence

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

  • How to meditate to reduce our attachment to our identity
  • Questioning our thoughts that crave approval from others
  • Cultivating self-confidence based on our buddha nature
  • The right mindset to have towards taking and keeping precepts
  • Why monastics take a precept of celibacy
  • How keeping celibacy supports our spiritual goals

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.