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Interview with Interfaith Voices

Interview with Interfaith Voices

An interview with Venerable Thubten Chodron by Sister Maureen Fiedler, the host of Interfaith Voices, an independent public radio show fostering interfaith understanding. This recording has only Venerable Chodron’s side of the phone interview. An edited version of the interview is available on the Interfaith Voices archive.

  • The purpose of spiritual practice
  • Meeting Buddhism and deciding to become a nun
  • The precepts are ways to train our mind in virtue
  • Daily life for the spiritual community at Sravasti Abbey
  • Working on the book with the Dalai Lama and his skillfulness as a teacher
  • The ordination of women
  • Prison work and how the Dharma has transformed inmates
  • The process of becoming ordained at Sravasti Abbey
  • The difference between novice and full ordination

Interview with Sister Maureen Fielder (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.