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By Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche,

In those talks, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche clarify the good merits of training Dharma as an ordained individual, the right way to maintain the ordination natural, the aim of the monastic neighborhood, how you can dwell jointly as priests and nuns, and masses extra. the need for the lay group to help the Sangha can be made transparent, and never merely priests and nuns yet lay practitioners, too, will achieve a lot by means of analyzing this book.

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Q. Sometimes it’s hard for a new monk to know how to behave. A. Guidance has to come from the older monks, and even though we don’t have any really old Western monks, our senior ones do have much more experience than those newly ordained. Historically, older monks have always taken responsibility to see that new ones are properly nurtured to facilitate their spiritual growth. I feel I should do more, but it’s difficult for me to get around to all the places where there are Sangha. Therefore, older monks and nuns should take responsibility for the young ones.

Anyway, what I am saying is that I want you to use your wisdom. I cannot tell you what to do. I do trust you to use your method and wisdom to come up with some way of establishing a Western monastery where we can both take care of ourselves materially and do our duty according to the vinaya. Can you motivate yourselves to accomplish this? I want you to generate a strong motivation, otherwise, we won’t make it. There are too many obstacles, too many hurdles. I expect mistakes to be made. Even in bringing Dharma to Tibet, many bodhisattvas were killed protecting their ordination.

Both those who have their own money and those who don’t should work for, say, two or three hours a day for the benefit of the organization, with the aim of creating a strong Sangha community. If you are really dedicated, you can always fit everything in. But we are lazy; therefore, we rationalize. We can’t even manage to do a one-hour puja. Don’t you think you’re rationalizing when your mind finds it too difficult to spend an hour at the Sangha community puja? Can you imagine! ” You’re going to page 32 Lama Yeshe Wis d om Archive: Adv ice for Monks and Nuns say that, aren’t you?

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