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People who say that ordination is no longer relevant in the modern world misunderstand its purpose. This method was taught by both Buddha and Jesus to protect us from delusions, to prevent us from harming ourselves or others. As a result of the karma of not harming others, we receive the immediate benefit of not being harmed by them, and experience great happiness and peace.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The monks and nuns of IMI are represented in communities around the world. In this section we offer a glimpse into life at some of the monastic communities.

Being a Chenrezig Nun
Thoughts on the Chenrezig Nuns Community, Queensland, Australia
Written by three members of the community  

Hayagriva Retreat at Sera Je Monastery
Life at Sera Je Monastery, South India
Ven. Sera Je

Liberation from the Grind
A Day in the Life at Sera Je Monastery, South India
Ven. Tenzin Legtsok

Monastic Community in Italy
Monastic Life at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa 
Ven. Tenzin Peljor and Tenzin Tsomo

A Day in the Life at Kachoe Dechen Ling
Working in Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house
Ven Lobsang Thubten Namgyal