August 3-20, 2015 N/A
To our knowledge, there is no other program in the US like Exploring Monastic Life to help Western Dharma students investigate the many facets of ordination. Exploring Monastic Life is for qualified lay people and for monastics that have been ordained for five years or less. Admission is by application.
“The Exploring Monastic Life program was, by far, one of the most transformative and beneficial experiences I've ever had,” wrote one newly ordained participant. “We received teachings not just about keeping the specific vows, but also on using ordination as a profound thought transformation practice … I found Ven. Chodron's teachings remarkably insightful, practical, and personal.”
Ven. Thubten Chodron leads the course, sharing her vast experience from training and living as a monastic in Asia, Europe, and the US for more than 35 years.
The course teachings cover topics from the sutras about the origins of Buddhist monasticism as well as issues that contemporary monastics face. Daily in-depth discussions help monastics and aspirants examine their personal inner resources and obstacles.
In addition, EML participants live and practice with Sravasti Abbey's resident monastic community, joining in the daily schedule of meditation, teachings, and offering service.
Applicants must have taken refuge in the Three Jewels at least one year ago and must not be in a long-term relationship. Preference will be given to applicants under fifty years of age.