Venerable Thubten Chodron with some of her teachers—His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Jampa Tegchok, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tenzin Wangdak, and the reincarnations of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche.
Ven. Thubten Chodron exchanges greetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
At an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
An audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama touches a Buddha image to his crown and then gives it to Venerable Chodron – October, 2005.
Assisting Lama Yeshe in offering the mandala to Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche, the master debate partner of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and their spiritual mentor. (Photo taken around 1982.)
Circumambulating the hill where His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives and turning prayer wheels – Dharamsala, October, 2005.
In 1997, with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Venerable Roger and Venerable Tsenla at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle.
Walking the abbey grounds with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in February, 2005.
What an illustrious group! Geshe Sopa (center back) and Lama Zopa (clapping) with senior students at Deer Park, August, 2005.
In November, 2006, with Ling Rinpoche, whose previous life was the senior tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and ordained Venerable Chodron as a nun in 1977.
With Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche in South India – December, 2004.
Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche, blessing the Buddha statues and thangkas - June, 2004.
Despite his advancing years and slowing walk, when Rinpoche gave the teachings on the Precious Garland, he radiated great enthusiasm, compassion and joy.
Khensur Jampa Tegchok Rinpoche, the former abbot of Sera Je Monastery, taught Nagarjuna's 'The Precious Garland' for ten days at the Abbey in December, 2006. Venerable Chodron offered a mandala, a symbol of the universe, to Khensur Rinpoche before the teachings began.
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.