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Becoming a Western Buddhist nun

An interview recorded at Pagoda Phat Hue in Frankfurt, Germany.

  • What attracted Venerable Thubten Chodron to Buddhism and why she became a nun.
  • Thoughts about the situation of Western Buddhist nuns and why she founded Sravasti Abbey

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.

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