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Monastic life

Monastic life

Image of Venerable Thubten Chodron ordination
In many countries of the world, not just within Buddhism, women have great faith in religion. (Photo by Sravasti Abbey)

Photos from Venerable Thubten Chodron’s early years as a nun and at Sravasti Abbey. See more photos of Sravasti Abbey here.

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.