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Jewish roots, Buddhist blossoms

Jewish roots, Buddhist blossoms

Author Rosie Rosenzweig interviewed Venerable Thubten Chodron in April 2005, asking her to recount her journey from growing up in a Jewish family to becoming a Buddhist nun.

  • Influences of Judaism
  • Meeting the Dharma
  • Deciding to ordain
  • Teaching the Dharma in Israel
  • A comparison of Buddhist and Jewish practices
  • Buddhism in America

Interview with Rosie Rosenzweig (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.