Why Community and Monasteries Matter
Monasteries are not just for monastics, they are places where teachings and lineages and the rich living experience and vows of Buddhism are passed on to future generations. It takes more than the practice of individual Buddhists to carry on Buddhism. Buddhism and it’s rich traditions have only survived because Buddhists from so many countries have painstakingly translated, studied, taught, meditated and kept vows.
We may think we have made progress as individuals, but it is in the melting pot of community that we see if we have grown. Are we more kind, compassionate and patient, or are we more judgemental and unwholesome?
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‘If we suffer, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other’ – Mother Theresa.