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A mirror for our spiritual journey

Part of a series of teachings given during Sravasti Abbey's annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2016.

  • The life story of the Buddha
    • Seeing it as a mirror for our spiritual quest
  • Formation of the nuns’ order
  • Establishment of the precepts
  • Students going out to spread the Dharma
  • Questions and answers

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.

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