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Monasticism in the West

08 Exploring Monastic Life 2021

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

A discussion that followed watching the session on monasticism from the 1993 Western Buddhist Teachers Conference with the Dalai Lama.

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.