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Monastic Life

The value of monastic life and communities in the 21...

In modern Western society, monastics support their communities in part by acting as the conscience…

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Full Ordination for Nuns

Researching the bhikshuni lineage

Can the bhikshuni ordination be traced back to the time of the Buddha? Bhikshuni Sangye…

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Venerable Pende standing next to Venerable Chodron, holding her robes and smiling.
Becoming a Monastic

Seniority in the sangha

Reflection on the monastic hierarchy helps a "baby" nun to grow in her Dharma practice.

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Venerable Lamsel smiling while cutting an apple.
Becoming a Monastic

Home

A poem about what the word "home" means for a monastic.

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Tibetan Tradition

The rise of women in Buddhism: Has the ice been broken?

In this panel discussion recorded in 2014, Venerable Thubten Chodron and others consider the problems…

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A Nun's Life

Motivational Monday: An interview with Venerable Cho...

Venerable Chodron discusses the Buddhist perspective on happiness, compassion and becoming the person you want…

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Monastic Life

Reinforcing ordination in daily life

The Abbot of Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala explains how precepts contribute to the attainment of…

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Becoming a Monastic

Dismantling identities

Venerable Thubten Kunga describes how living at Sravasti Abbey supports her intention to dismantle old…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Ordination is a wonderous deed

How to benefit others according to our capacity, and commentary to the advice following the…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Ethical conduct

Exploring the meaning of ethics and morality, its benefits, and how to cultivate and protect…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Advice from the preceptor

Commentary to further advice from the preceptor, including the final instruction from the preceptor.

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Qualities of a monastic

The five virtues a monastic should possess, and commentary to the ten numerical lists.

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