Advice for Monks and Nuns by Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche,

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, tips to maintain the ordination natural, the aim of the monastic group, the right way to stay jointly as priests and nuns, and lots more and plenty extra. the need for the lay group to aid the Sangha is usually made transparent, and never simply priests and nuns yet lay practitioners, too, will achieve a lot through examining this book.

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Even if you have an excellent understanding of the lam-rim teachings themselves, if you don’t practice, external objects will influence, control, overpower, and overwhelm your mind. Whether you are a lay person or ordained, without choice you will seek out and run after objects of attachment. But as soon as you start to practice, to meditate on, the three principal paths— especially the basic one, renunciation—your mind becomes more powerful than external objects. The moment you begin to apply the teachings of the Buddha in daily life, your mind starts to become more powerful than external objects and can overcome their attraction, no matter what those objects may be: living page 52 Lama Yeshe Wis d om Archive: Adv ice for Monks and Nuns beings or non-living things, handsome people, beautiful flowers, whatever.

Then you can see how in the future many others will want to do it. Therefore, we should dedicate ourselves to creating better facilities for them. Getting back to the problem of older Western monks and nuns not taking care of the younger ones, I think this is partly a result of cultural influence. In Tibet, as I mentioned before, senior monks and nuns take great care of the young ones. When I saw that the older Western Sangha didn’t do this, I went into culture shock; I didn’t understand that. It’s not that we don’t have older monks and nuns; we do.

Page 48 Lama Yeshe Wis d om Archive: Adv ice for Monks and Nuns A. Yes, that’s possible. What about the monks? Q. I’ve found that older monks have been helpful when I’ve asked. A. Yes, that’s right. Perhaps if new monks ask older ones respectfully, they respond. We should develop good relationships with each other like that. Q. When I was the gekö at Kopan, it was the older monks and nuns who created the most trouble, so from that point of view it was difficult to respect them. A. Yes, that’s a good example.

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