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The value of a sangha community

The value of a sangha community

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

  • What differentiates us as monastics
  • The value of belonging to a sangha community
  • The role of the sangha in society
  • The value of taking precepts
  • Questions and answers
    • Difficulties faced by Western monastics
    • The karmic effect of giving up ordination
    • Challenges to Westerners for living in community
    • Respecting the robes versus seeing the sangha as human beings

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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