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The importance of motivation for ordaining

The importance of motivation for ordaining

Part of a series of teachings given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2017.

  • Knowing what tradition you follow
  • A teacher
  • A daily practice
  • The path to liberation does not change
  • Outer and inner forms of Buddhism
  • Different traditions have different emphases, not different teachings

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.