Nuns of Chenrezig Institute. Back row from left: Vens. Lozang Tsondru, Thubten Damcho, Lozang Tseten, Lozang Rigsal and Lozang Wangmo. Front row from left: Vens. Lozang Tsultrim, Gyalten Tsultrim, Tenzin Palyon, Thubten Tongnyi and Thubten Pema. Chenrezig Institute Gompa, Australia, November 2016.

Are monasteries and nunneries necessary? What are their benefits? Mandala explores this issue in a new online feature called “The Benefits of Monasteries and Nunneries,” which presents recent words of wisdom from Lama Zopa Rinpoche along with reflections by American monk Ven. Tenzin Legtsok.

To the question of whether monasteries and nunneries are needed, Rinpoche answers “Yes!” He explains that monastic communities are vital for three reasons: first, they are places where holy objects are found that allow those who visit or provide support to purify their minds, collect merit, and gain realizations; second, they offer a place for monks and nuns to live in their vows away from distractions; and third, they play an important role in preserving the Dharma. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ven. Tenzin Legtsok, Bangalore, India, December 2016. Photo by Ven. Holly Ansett.

Ven. Legtsok, who is in the geshe studies program at Sera Je Monastic University, complements Rinpoche’s words with a discussion of the reasons why ordained people need to live together in “brick-and-mortar” communities. 

Find out the details by reading the latest online feature from Mandala!

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the young monks of Khamar Monastery, Mongolia, May 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

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