Venerable Thubten Chodron

Pioneering American Buddhist teacher and founder of Sravasti Abbey, currently assisting His Holiness the Dalai Lama with The Library of Wisdom and Compassion book series.

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Buddha Potential: Our Pets, Other Beings, and Ours

Our well-loved pets give us an opportunity to better understand buddha nature—how it is the basis for the duhkha of samsara (the unpurified mind) and what is needed to attain nirvana (the purified mind).

Watch here as Venerable Chodron uses the death of a pet to guide us in seeing buddha nature more clearly. To delve more deeply into buddha nature—how to purify our minds and cultivate awakened qualities— browse here for other teachings on the topic.

Wishing the kitty Achala to have the happiness of lying in the sun in catnip—that’s really rather limited and not the right kind of happiness to wish for.”
Achala, like us, is a sentient being merely labeled. He has the buddha nature, the clear light nature of mind and there’s no inherently existent kitty there.”
If I’m going to wish him happiness to take with him when he dies, we can dedicate our merit so that he can quickly become an enlightened buddha.”

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Essence of a Human Life

Emptiness and buddha nature

The eight qualities of the Buddha listed in Maitreya's Treatise…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Are sentient beings already Buddhas?

Explaining whether sentient beings are already buddhas and covering the…

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Venerable Tarpa hodling the cat Achala. Helping the Dying and Deceased

Is euthanizing pets advisable?

Watching a beloved pet's decline is painful. What course is…

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Purple flowers blossom in a bunch. Short Verses to Cultivate Bodhicitta

Verse 10-2: Counteracting the defilements

The different ways of counteracting the defilements, particularly the afflictions.…

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Introduction to Tantra

The four purities and four classes of tantra

Ordinary view and ordinary grasping are obstacles to tantric practice.

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Review of Buddha nature

Explaining Buddha Nature according to different tenet systems, reviewing the…

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Creating our world: dependent arising

An explanation of rebirth through dependent arising, based on commentaries…

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Cultivating the wasteland

At this year’s Triple Platform Ordination at Taiping Foen Temple…

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Cover of Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

This unique text maps out the convergence and divergence of the two major Buddhist movements—the ...

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Book cover of Courageous Compassion

Courageous Compassion

The 6th book in the multi-volume collection and the 2nd devoted to compassion. Courageous Compass...

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Book cover of Appearing and Empty

Appearing and Empty

In this third and final volume on emptiness, the authors impart the Prasangika view of the ultima...

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Awaken Every Day

An instant dose of everyday wisdom, these insightful reflections help us understand our minds, ou...

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Working with Anger

A variety of Buddhist methods for subduing anger, not by changing what is happening, but by worki...

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Book cover of Buddhism for Beginners

Buddhism for Beginners

An accessible and engaging introduction to some of the most commonly asked questions about the es...

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Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness

A book enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness has much to...

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Refuge Resource Book

A collection of articles compiled by Venerable Thubten Chodron as a resource for preparing to tak...

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Pearl of Wisdom, Book I

A compilation of prayers and practices commonly taught to people beginning to study and practice ...

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