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Life at Sravasti Abbey

The past and future of the bhikshuni sangha in the West

The role of the sangha in preserving and spreading the Dharma. The relationship of the…

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Group photo from monastic gathering.
Western Buddhist Monastic Gatherings

The 24th Annual Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering

Venerable Thubten Lamsel reports on the 24th annual monastic gathering, which took place at Spirit…

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Life at Sravasti Abbey

Purpose of a monastery

A discussion on ways in which the structure of monastery life serves to transform our…

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A large group of monastics posing for a photo.
Life at Sravasti Abbey

Benefiting the world through the Dharma

A talk with Tibetan nuns about Sravasti Abbey and how monastic life is being involved…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2018

Core elements of a monastic lifestyle

Exploring the core elements of a monastic lifestyle in the last teaching in the 2018…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2018

A monastic’s commitments & the benefits o...

Discussing the commitments that monastics make when ordaining and the benefits monasteries provide society.

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Exploring Monastic Life 2018

How precepts transform society

The other advantages of monastic precepts: to transform society, to bring about individual liberation, and…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2018

How precepts promote harmony in the sangha

The three kinds of precepts (pratimoksa, bodhisattva, and tantric) and how the first two reasons…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2018

The six harmonies of monastic life

The six harmonies of the Sangha described by the Buddha: physical, verbal, mental, keeping precepts,…

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Exploring Monastic Life 2018

Ten reasons for monastic precepts

Continuing the story of Sudina, where the Buddha explains 10 reasons for laying down the…

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