Monastic Life

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The Buddhist community includes monastics and lay people. Both are necessary for the preservation of Buddhism. However, monastics choose a life of vowed simplicity, a life directly related to the preservation and dissemination of the Dharma to benefit others. They are the core of that lifestyle that all Buddhist practitioners are committed to. In the articles here, Venerable Chodron shares with us the joys and difficulties of being a nun and the special challenges of being a Western Buddhist nun. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama notes, all Buddhist nuns have a unique role to play in the evolution of Buddhism where the universal principle of the equality of all human beings takes precedence. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be a monastic, you'll find these articles intriguing and stimulating.

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The Benefits of Ordination
by Ven. Gyume Khesur Rinpoche
Translation by Venerable Tsenla
Sravasti Abbey, Newport, Washington USA
August 2006

Gyume Khensur Rinpoche

The Benefits of Ordination [31 minutes] : Download mp3 file
Gyume Khesur Rinpoche gave a talk to those who attended the 2nd Exploring Monastic Life program. He talked about the benefits of monastic life and what is involved in making the decision to ordain. He also talked about what one should consider when thinking about becoming a monk or nun.

Questions and Answers [19 minutes] : Download mp3 file
- Are there difficulites after becoming ordained?
- What practices do you recommend?
- How can you be certain about your aspiration to ordain?

Rinpoche teaches at Sravasti Abbey


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