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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Activities of a Buddha

You might wonder, “Knowing the qualities of a buddha—the ten powers and the various buddha bodies—how does this relate to my daily life?” Listen as Venerable Chodron explains the strong connection between this knowledge and daily life by focusing us on “Who do we really want to become?” and gives us an image, a role model, of where we’re going in our spiritual practice and of how we ultimately want to be.

How does the Buddha help us? Our karma and the Buddha’s enlightening influence are about the same strength.”
If our karma and the Buddha’s influence go in the same direction, we can make a lot of progress.”
When we accumulate virtue and merit, we make our mind more receptive to the Buddha’s influence.”

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Setting up a daily practice

Steps to take to establish a regular meditation practice.

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Essence of a Human Life

Moving towards our spiritual goals

While it is important to know what we are moving…

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Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience

Overcoming the five hindrances to concentration

The antidotes for the five hindrances to developing meditative concentration.

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

Verse 6-2: Consideration for others

Abandoning negativities out of care, affection, consideration, and an awareness…

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Venerable Sangye Khadro smiling while teaching in front of a thangka. Buddhist Meditation 101

Meditation 101: Advice for daily meditation practice

Advice for establishing a daily meditation practice and the four…

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Conventional and ultimate bodhicitta

An in-depth discussion of the two types of bodhicitta: conventional…

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Latest Posts

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Stages of the Path

Contemplating the lower realms

Explaining the suffering of hell beings, animals and hungry ghosts,…

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Stages of the Path

Three types of persons

Explaining the three levels of practitioners and the reasons for…

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Learn more about Buddhist books written and edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron.

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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