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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 Fourteenth Annual Buddhist Monastic Conference
27 June 2008
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, WA
by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron ©


The Fourteenth Annual Buddhist Monastic Conference.
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Venerable Chodron talks about the recent conference she attended of Western Buddhist monastics. She shares the highlights of the conference including the discussions on the training of monastics, creating western monasteries and the challenges to Western Buddhist monasticism.


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