The Buddha’s life story and how it offers a model for our own spiritual journey.
Series: Exploring Monastic Life (2016)
How our worldly concerns follow us to the monastery, and how the development of Buddhism has been affected by culture.
How living in a sangha community supports monastic life, and how a sangha community benefits society.
The fundamental principles that bring about harmony in the sangha community.
The reasons that the Buddha cited for establishing monastic precepts, for the benefit of practitioners and society.
The benefits of the precepts, focusing on how they help us with our afflictions and to generate a pure motivation for ordination.
Venerable Thubten Chodron brings to life the “Ratthapala Sutta” from the Pali Canon for our contemporary times.
Continuation of the teaching on the “Ratthapala Sutta,” on his return to visit his family and the king of his hometown after becoming an arahant
Completion of the commentary on the “Ratthapala Sutta,” with verses reminding us of the impermanence of this life and worldly pleasures.
The different types of precepts that Buddhists take and the 13 grave hindrances that prevent one from taking ordination.