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Q&A with Clear Mountain Monastery

Q&A with Clear Mountain Monastery

A Q&A session with Ajahn Kovilo and Ajahn Nisabho from Clear Mountain Monastery in Seattle, Washington.

  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana
  • How to realize emptiness
  • The greatest act of compassion
  • Understanding concepts like Guru Yoga 
  • Feeling a deep connection with a Buddhist teacher
  • Advice about aligning your life with the Dharma
  • Sustaining monastic ordination in the West
  • Keeping your vision clear as a monastic
  • Explanation of bodhicitta
  • Audience questions and answers
    • What does it take to make a good monastic community?
    • The practice of the four immeasurables in different traditions
    • Practicing compassion without burnout 
    • Are the precepts different in the Theravada and Mahayana traditions?
    • Difference between tonglen and metta 
  • Experience living and training with Ajahn Anan in Thailand

Watch part two where Venerable Thubten Chodron and the Sravasti Abbey community put the monks in the hot seat:

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.