Becoming a Monastic

Monastics offer advice on what aspirants can do to prepare for ordination.

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Group of monastics and the two anagarikas, standing with Venerable Chodron.
Becoming a Monastic

Donning the robes

One nun's path from being a householder with interest in Buddhism, to spiritual director of…

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Abbey retreatant studying near the Meditation Hall.
Becoming a Monastic

Advice for someone considering ordination

Venerable Chodron offers advice to an aspiring monastic who asks how to know when it's…

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The bhikshuni elders shaving Venerable Samten head.
Becoming a Monastic

A dialogue about ordination

An Abbey resident, considering ordination, talks to a nun about what changes after one ordains.

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Venerable Damcho during her head-shaving ceremony.
Becoming a Monastic

Letter to those considering monastic ordination

Advice and resources for those considering monastic life, and special advice for those who are…

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Venerable Chonyi standing by Venerable Chodron in the Abbey mediation hall.
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An interview with a newly ordained monastic

Venerable Thubten Chonyi talks candidly to Awaken magazine of her decision to follow the monastic…

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A Tibetan nun smiling.
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Some thoughts after ordination

Rejoice in choosing monastic life as the best way to achieve happiness.

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Abbey monastics and visiting monastics in the meditation hall.
Becoming a Monastic

On monastic life

Following the ordination of Venerable Thubten Semkye at Sravasti Abbey, visiting nuns participated in a…

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Venerable Thubten Chodron walking and smiling happily, Venerable Damcho walking behind also smiling.
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Giving up married life

An interview with Venable Chodron about how she decided to become a Buddhist nun.

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