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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Advice from the preceptor

Commentary to advice from the preceptor and qualities that make someone a worthy recipient of…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Robes of liberation

The importance of the mental factors of integrity and consideration for others, and the symbolic…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Guarding integrity and aspiration

The purpose of religious institutions, what to do when disagreements arise with our spiritual mentors,…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Taking refuge

The meaning of taking refuge and commentary to the verses of taking refuge.

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Sincerely going forth

How to overcome a poor-quality view of ourselves, and how to generate a mind of…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

Leaving family and renouncing worldly ties

How community life is a fast-track to overcome the eight worldly concerns, and commentary to…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2019

The meaning of ordination

The meaning of ordination, how it is much more than just keeping precepts.

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Venerable standing behind a podium with a photograph of the Sravasti Abbey community projected behind her.
Living in Community

The six harmonies: Setting the stage for living toge...

The six harmonies help people come together to create a spiritual community with the conditions…

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Group photo of participants from the Living Vinaya in the West program.
Life at Sravasti Abbey

Living Vinaya in the United States

A paper on the bhikshuni sangha in the west written by a nun who participated…

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Venerable holding a microphone and speaking.
Becoming a Monastic

Living in the precepts

The joy of living in the Dharma. The importance of bodhicitta and how it helps…

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Western Monastics

Interview with Shide Nunnery

An interview with Venerable Chodron with nuns from Shide Nunnery in Germany about the mindful…

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