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Compassion and social engagement

Faith leaders united against gun violence: Part 4 of 4

As the Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, Venerable Thubten Chodron receives mailings from Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a diverse coalition of denominations and faith-based groups united by the call of their faiths to confront America’s gun violence epidemic.

  • How we can be fully engaged supporting a cause we believe in, while keeping a balanced and compassionate mind
  • Using Dharma to stay engaged in the discussion
  • Emotional reactions to media portrayal
  • Remember the Buddhist view of violence
  • How to create internal peace
  • How to develop fortitude in our practice

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.