The five precepts

01 Exploring Monastic Life 2021

Part of a series of teachings given during Sravasti Abbey's annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2021.

  • Introduction to the program
  • Precepts are guidelines to train the mind
  • Not to kill or physically harm others
  • Not to take what has not been freely given
  • Not to engage in unwise or unkind sexual behavior
  • Not lying or deceiving others
  • Not using intoxicants
  • 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.