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The Importance of Sangha in the West; and Gelongma Vows

The Importance of Sangha in the West; and Gelongma Vows Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche 15–16 July 2015 Maitreya Instituut, The Netherlands Edited by Robina Courtin August 19, 2020 IN THE WEST THERE IS NO RESPECT FOR WESTERN SANGHA I’ve noticed that some centers in the FPMT have respect for the sangha, but most do not. In…

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Continuing the Conversation on Desire

By Ven Lozang Khadro Ven Khadro and friend I read Ven Legtsok and Khedrub/Dan’s article in the last IMI e-newsletter.  Their article was courageous and honest, and it helped me to feel more connected with the wider sangha community, especially during the pandemic and India’s many lockdowns. Ven. Legtsok’s suggestion on sharing and support resonated with…

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About some parts of Dharmagupta Poshada for Bikshunis

About some parts of Dharmagupta Poshada for Bikshunis By Ven Christiana Jampa Tsomo In my opinion, the text of the Pratimoksha Sutra for bhikshunis in the Dharmagupta tradition contains extraordinary elements, useful for any monastic and even non-monastic Dharma community. I am referring to the part of the Sutra that lists a set of precepts…

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A Letter about Bikshunis vows

By Ven Cristiana Ciampa Tsomo  Thank you, and thanks to IMI, for giving space for us bikshunis to share our experiences, since this would enhance people’s understanding of the Buddhadharma. Actually yes, after the IMI last newsletter I felt the need to say something about bikshuni vows, given my little but very positive experience on…

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Sojong-Purifying and Restoring our Vows

Since the pratimoksha vows are received from a preceptor, an instructor, and several members of the sangha, the rite of confession must also be carried out before members of the sangha-that is to say, a group of bhikshus. Ven. Sangye Khadro Sojong-Purifying and Restoring our Vows By Ven. Sangye Khadro According to Geshe Jampa Tegchog in Monastic Rites,…

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