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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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Life as a Western Buddhist Nun Conference 1996

The contents below were published in the book "Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun". This book is currently out of print.


Message to the "Life as a Western Buddhist Nun Conference" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Foreword by Sylvia Boorstein
Prologue by Elizabeth Napper
Preface by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
Introduction by Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron


Section I. History and Monastic Discipline   Top

  1. The History of the Bhikkhuni Sangha
    Dr Chatsumarn Kabilsingh
  2. A Practical Approach to Vinaya
    Bhikshuni Jampa Tsedroen

Section II. Living As A Buddhist Nun  Top

  1. Life In Gampo Abbey -- Western Style
    Bhikshuni Tsultrim Palmo
  2. The Theravada Sangha Goes West: The Story of Amaravati
    Ajahn Sundara
  3. Blossoming In Plum Village
    Bhikshuni Tenzin Namdrol
  4. Restoring An Ancient Tradition: The Life of Nuns in Modern Mainland China
    Bhikshuni Ngawang Chodron
  5. A Nun In Exile: From Tibet to Mundgod
    Sramanerika Thubten Lhatso
  6. A Strong Tradition Adapting to Change: The Nuns in Korea
    Chi-Kwang Sunim
  7. Something About Zen
    Mitra Bishop Sensei

Section III. The Nuns' Teaching  Top
  1. Finding Our Way
    Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
  2. How to Rely on a Spiritual Friend
    Bhikshuni Jampa Chokyi
  3. Bringing A Psychological Perspective to the Dharma
    Bhikshuni Wendy Finster
  4. Living the Dharma
    Khandro Rinpoche

Appendices  Top
  1. The Situation of Western Monastics
    Bhikshuni Tenzin Palmo
  2. Audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  3. Glossary
  4. Further Reading
 

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