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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Becoming a Qualified Student

As we become more committed students of Buddhism, we come to see how crucial it is to select a qualified spiritual mentor. But is this enough? What qualities do we need to cultivate in ourselves in order to be receptive to teachings and instruction? Listen here as Venerable Chodron kindly shows us how to become a qualified disciple of the Buddha’s teachings.

Suitable Mahayana students are impartial and open-minded, free from preconceptions and do not close-mindedly cling to our own views.”
Intelligent and discerning disciples investigate and use reasoning and scriptural citations to establish a teaching’s validity.”
If students do not practice, they will not progress. Therefore, interest, diligence, eagerness, and commitment to engage in the practice are essential.”

Featured Teachings

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Removing barriers to forgiveness

Discussing what gets in the way of forgiving others and…

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Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland

Our spiritual goals

How our spiritual goals can be divided into the aspirations…

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Om Ah Hum spray painted on bricks. Buddhist Meditation 101

Purification meditation

How one can calm the mind by meditating on the…

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Monastic Life

How to stay ordained

A reflection on what supports someone to stay in robes.

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Vajrasattva Winter Retreat 2011-12

Karma with teachers and parents

Purifying heavy negative karma created in relation to our spiritual…

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Latest Posts

Keep up with recent teachings by Venerable Thubten Chodron and other Sravasti Abbey monastics.

Stages of the Path

What to do during the actual session

Explaining how to practice mediation in general, continuing the teaching…

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Half-full cup of coffee in paper cup. On Mindfulness

The coffee pot: A test of my tolerance

Here, at the prison where I live, everyone dreads the…

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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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