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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Excellent Qualities of the Dharma Jewel

On Fridays at 6 p.m. PT Venerable Chodron is inspiring us with the excellent qualities of the Three Jewels as she teaches from Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps, co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Listen to her teach on the Dharma Jewel or catch up on past teachings and join us live on Fridays here.

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Like the sun that eliminates the darkness of ignorance, true paths function to free the mind from craving and other defilements.”
As a true cause of dukkha, ignorance is the root, but it alone is not going to make us engage in grasping this and this and this...”
Craving based on ignorance based on superimposing good qualities on things—then we get this mind craving to have this or be free of that.”

Featured Teachings

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Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience

Qualities of the Buddha Jewel

Why the Buddha is a reliable source of refuge. The…

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Essence of a Human Life

Qualities of the Sangha Jewel

The qualities of the Sangha Jewel according to Maitreya's Treatise…

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Buddhist Worldview

The four thoughts that turn the mind

A series of Buddhist contemplations on the preciousness of our…

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

Verse 8: The seat of enlightenment

Reaffirming our bodhicitta when sitting down, wishing that all beings…

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Introduction to Tantra

How Tantra fits into the path

What distinguishes Tantra from other forms? A teaching covering this…

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Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Starting with renunciation

Beginning the course on Lama Tsongkhapa's short lamrim text, "The…

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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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Book cover of Awaken Every Day

Awaken Every Day

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

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Book cover of Working with Anger

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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Book cover of Gavin Discovers the Secret

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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Book cover of Refuge Resource Book

Refuge Resource Book

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

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Book cover of Pearl of Wisdom I

Pearl of Wisdom, Book I

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

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