My First Year as a Monastic

My First Year as a Monastic

On September 7 Venerable Thubten Semkye celebrated her first year of ordination with a letter to family and friends sharing her insights and extending her best wishes to them all. Dear friends and family, It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since I took...
What Do You Give Up When You Ordain?

What Do You Give Up When You Ordain?

An aspiring monastic seeks advice from an ordained Dharma friend Question: I would like to get a dialogue going on some of the things that one gives up when one ordains. Which ones did you find
especially difficult and which ones were surprisingly easy? Answer: What...
Should I Go for Full Ordination?

Should I Go for Full Ordination?

Ven. Thubten Chodron responds to questions from a novice nun (Skt: sramanerika; Tib: getsulma) Letter from Chokyi Dear Ven. Chodron, I wanted to ask you about gelongma (bhikshuni) vows. I ordained as a novice two years ago, and a year ago, I asked my teacher, Geshe...
First Ordination at Sravasti Abbey

First Ordination at Sravasti Abbey

by Thubten Chodron Not only was October 2, 2006 tsok day, Yom Kippur, the first day of Ramadan, and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, it was also the day of the first ordination at Sravasti Abbey Jan Howell, who has been living at the Abbey for a year and a half-one...
My Thoughts on Ordination

My Thoughts on Ordination

The first thing to relate about this experience is the joy. This has been a time filled with many days of joy and it is to be shared. Many people and events came together just for the ceremony itself, not to mention the path leading to this day. So before I describe...