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Questions and answers with monastics

Questions and answers with monastics

Questions and answers and discussion with monastics at the Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Pomaia (Pisa), Italy.

  • Caring for aged or ill residents in a monastery
  • The benefits of diversity in the sangha community
  • The different roles of residents in the community
  • Conflict resolution in the community according to the vinaya
  • Teaching secular ethics to lay people
  • Pindapata and obtaining food for the community
  • Getting personal matters settled before ordaining
  • The difference in creating a monastery in the West and in Asia
  • Screening applicants for ordination
  • Becoming clear about one’s family role and responsibilities before ordaining

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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.