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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Open Heart, Clear Mind

Watch this recent short talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron on what it means to have a “clear mind” and and “open heart,” and how they can bring happiness to others and ourselves.

We see every moment as an opportunity to make our actions and thoughts matter in a way that will contribute to the happiness of other living beings.”
This willingness to talk to everybody—not to say, I’ve got to protect myself, but to have a worldview where our basic mode of operation is friendliness.”
The four immeasurables are a wonderful guide to how to live a happy life and bring happiness to the people around us. It doesn't take so much effort.”

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Venerable Chodron teaching in a crowded room of students. Travels

Asia Teaching Tour 2023

In-person teachings in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

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Manjushri Weeklong Retreat 2022

The far-reaching attitude of equanimity

The importance of rejoicing in the success of others, and…

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The Six Perfections

Perfection of generosity: Non-material giving

Three types of offering non-material generosity, by reverence, protection, and…

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Working with Emotions

Cultivating loving-kindness

Practical ways to cultivate kindness towards ourselves and others in…

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Cultivating Compassion

When compassion arises

A talk about what compassion is, where the word comes…

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Dealing with Grief

Five remembrances

An introduction to the topic of grief and the five…

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Hearing, thinking, and meditating

Teaching on a text that was written in response to…

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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 In Praise of Great Compassion

In Praise of Great Compassion

Volume 5 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion takes us beyond our present situation and guides...

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Book cover of Foundation of Buddhist Practice

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

Volume 2 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion describes the bedrock of Buddhist practice — ess...

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365 Gems of Wisdom

Reflections by Venerable Thubten Chodron and other Sravasti Abbey monastics to guide us in settin...

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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 Open Heart Clear Mind

Open Heart, Clear Mind

A practical introduction to the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life in order to bet...

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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 Guided Buddhist Meditations

Guided Buddhist Meditations

This invaluable resource provides Dharma practitioners with clear explanations of the stages of t...

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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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