Opening the 2010 Exploring Monastic Life program with a talk on the practical aspects of living in a sangha community.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2010)
Examining the kind of mind that we want to cultivate when living a monastic way of life, cultivating contentment and mindfulness.
How to not rely on external things for happiness but instead seek liberation from suffering, breaking old habits that make us miserable.
Various behavior patterns that influence our communication styles; using Buddha’s life as an example of how to lead our own lives.
A description of the advantages of the monastic sangha and monastic precepts in society.
A place where we see others grow and change and work with their stuff, and they see us work with our stuff and progress too. Dharma works when we practice it.
Committed to benefiting others, moving away from materialistic consumerism and away from instant self-gratification.
Developing compassion for self and others with wisdom for the long term. Learning to work with one’s emotional neediness.
In order to get the benefit of monasticism as a thought transformation practice we need to have those rough edges polished off by living with others.
Training the mind in virtue and facing challenges on the path.