Teaching tour: Spring 2017

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Massachusetts, USA

Life as a Western Buddhist Nun

April 11, 2017
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Smith College
Seelye 106
10 Elm Street
Northampton, MA 01063, USA

“You’re becoming a what?” said Venerable Thubten Chodron’s family and friends when she announced in 1977 that she was going to become a Buddhist nun. How does a Western woman fit in a religion led by Asian men? How does she relate to Western consumerist culture, when her spiritual values advocate a simple lifestyle? How does she make peace with her family and thrive in her Buddhist practice?

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

April 14, 2017, public talk from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April 15, 2017, day-long workshop from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Kurukulla Buddhist Center
68 Magoun Ave
Medford, MA 02155, USA
Contact info [at] kurukulla [dot] org

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. Venerable Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one of the great Tibetan Buddhist poems, “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons,” which shows, clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.

Pomaia, Italy

Disarming the Mind: Working with Anger for a Happier Life

April 21-25, 2017
Retreat starts April 21, 8:30 pm and ends April 25, 12:30 pm
See detailed retreat schedule

Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa
Via Poggiberna, 15
Pomaia (Pisa), 56040, Italia
Contact segreteria [at] iltk [dot] it

Can we use the upsetting emotions and difficult situations in our life as growth material to improve the quality of our lives and of those around us? Can we take disturbing feelings and transform them into causes of happiness? YES, WE CAN! It requires a lot of courage and determination, but this delicate alchemy is possible, Buddhists and scientists alike reassure us.

When we’re overwhelmed by negative emotions, such as anger, we lose control of our bodies, speech, and minds. These disturbing states of mind have the power to distort reality and draw us into harmful behavior towards ourselves and towards others, creating suffering for ourselves and those around us.

Venerable Thubten Chodron guides us into shining the light of awareness on the subject of anger, familiarizing ourselves with this mental affliction, the way it manifests in our lives, and the remedies that we can skillfully apply to cure our minds from it. We are invited to take responsibility for our mental attitudes, overcoming the habit of blaming others and victimizing ourselves, and to develop a steady and strong mind, undisturbed by criticism, pain or any unpleasant circumstance. So that we can grow in love, compassion, and tolerance, be happier and make the world a happier place to live in.

Living with an Open Heart: Caring for Our Emotions

April 25, 2017, starting at 4pm

Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa
Via Poggiberna, 15
Pomaia (Pisa), 56040, Italia

All through the day, I me mine (…)
All through the night, I me mine (…)
All I can hear, I me mine (…)
Even those tears, I me mine (…)

…the Beatles sang back in the 70s, but these lyrics bear a timeless, universal truth. We experience life from a self-centered position and this is the source of all our sufferings. How can we overcome this condition, opening up our hearts to others and developing a feeling of connectedness, through lasting kindness and compassion? How can we liberate ourselves from this self-created “prison” and increase our inner freedom?

On April 25th, Italy’s Liberation Day, we are grateful to have Venerable Thubten Chodron suggest some wise practical answers to us, in her profound, yet humorous style. During the workshop, she will be touching on how:

  • Our emotions (both positive and negative) impact our bodily and mental experience
  • Our self-centered attitude creates separation from others
  • A judging mind prevents us from opening our heart
  • We don’t have to believe everything we think
  • Helping others means helping ourselves

Disarmare la Mente: Lavorare con la Rabbia per una Vita pìu Felice

April 21, 8:30 pm – April 25, 12:30 pm

Possiamo usare le emozioni spiacevoli e le situazioni difficili come materiale per crescere e migliorare la qualità delle nostre vite e di coloro che ci circondano?

Possiamo prendere i sentimenti disturbanti e trasformarli in cause per la felicità?


Ci vuole molto coraggio e determinazione ma questa delicata alchimia è possibile, il Buddhismo e la scienza occidentale ci rassicura su questo.

Quando siamo soprafatti dalle emozioni negative, come la rabbia, perdiamo il controllo del nostro corpo, della nostra parola e della nostra mente. Questi stati mentali disturbanti hanno il potere di distorcere la realtà e di trascinarci in comportamenti dannosi, creando sofferenza per noi stessi e per gli altri.

La Venerabile Thubten Chodron ci guiderà per far brillare la luce della consapevolezza sul tema della rabbia, rendendoci familiari con questa afflizione mentale, con il modo in cui essa si manifesta e con i rimedi che abilmente possiamo applicare per curare questo tipo di mente.

Saremo invitati ad assumerci la responsabilità delle nostre attitudini mentali, superando l’abitudine di incolpare gli altri e di vittimizzare noi stessi, per sviluppare una mente equilibrata e forte, non disturbata dalle critiche, dal dolore o da qualsiasi altra circostanza spiacevole.

Con questi strumenti avremo un metodo sempre con noi per accrescere l’amore, la compassione e la tolleranza, per essere pìu felici e rendere il mondo un luogo migliore in cui vivere.

Vivere con Cuore Aperto: Prenderci Cura delle Nostre Emozioni

April 25, 2017, 4PM

Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa
Via Poggiberna, 15
Pomaia (Pisa), 56040, Italia

Tutto il giorno, Io me mio (…)
Tutta la notte, Io me mio (…)
Tutto cìo che posso sentire, Io me mio (…)
Anche queste lacrime, Io me mio (…)

…I Beatles cantavano queste righe negli anni ’70, ma in esse è racchiusa una verità universale e fuori dal tempo. Sperimentiamo la nostra vita da un punto di vista ego-centrico e questo è sorgente di tutte le nostre sofferenze.

Come possiamo superare questa condizione aprendo i nostri cuori agli altri e sviluppando un sentimento di unione, tramite la gentilezza e la compassione durevoli?

Come ci possiamo liberare da questa “prigione” che abbiamo creato e aumentare la nostra libertà interiore?

Il 25 Aprile, Festa della Liberazione, saremo immensamente grati di avere con noi la Venerabile Thubten Chodron, che ci suggerirà delle risposte sagge e pratiche, con uno stile originale – profondo e umoristico. Durante la conferenza, verranò toccati vari argomenti:

  • Le nostre emozioni (positive o negative) influenzano la nostra esperienza del corpo e della mente
  • La nostra attitudine ego-centrica crea separazione dagli altri
  • Una mente giudicante ci impedisce di aprire il nostro cuore
  • Non dobbiamo credere a tutto cìo che dice la nostra mente
  • Aiutare gli altri significa aiutare noi stessi


Tibethaus Deutschland e.V.
Kaufunger Str. 4
Frankfurt am Main, 60486
+49 69 71913595
Contact info [at] tibethaus [dot] com

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes for Happiness and Avoid Suffering

April 28, 2017
Public lecture from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We will look at how we can use Buddhist spiritual teachings to overcome our self-centeredness and replace it with compassion. Thus, we can naturally create “good Karma” and happiness at the same time. (The lecture will be translated into German.)

Suggested donation: 12 Euros

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes for Happiness and Avoid Suffering

April 29-30, 2017
Workshop from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm both days

Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on how to create good karma in her humorous and profound style. She will reference her current book of the same name, in which she discusses the classic Buddhist text “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons” from a modern Western perspective. (The teachings will be translated into German.) Please register by April 25th.

Suggested donation: 90 to 120 Euros

Gutes Karma: Wie wir die Ursachen für Glück erzeugen und die Ursachen für Leid vermeiden können.

Zeit | Freitag 28 April, 2017, 19.30 bis 21 Uhr
Öffentlicher Vortrag | Ehrw. Bikshuni Thubten Chodron

Zu unserer großen Freude ist die bekannte buddhistische Lehrerin, Buchautorin und Äbtissin des Klosters Sravasti Abbey (USA) auf ihrer Europareise wieder unser Gast. Sie wird darüber sprechen, wie wir mit Hilfe des buddhistischen Geistestrainings unsere Selbstzentriertheit überwinden und durch Mitgefühl ersetzen können. So erzeugen wir natürlicherweise „gutes Karma“ und gleichzeitig Glück.
(Der Vortrag wird ins Deutsche übersetzt.)

Dana-Empfehlung | 12 Euro

Gutes Karma: Wie wir die Ursachen für Glück erzeugen und die Ursachen für Leid vermeiden können.

Zeit | Samstag April 29 und Sonntag April 30 jeweils 10 bis 12.30 Uhr + 14.30 bis 17 Uhr
Workshop | Ehrw. Bikshuni Thubten Chodron

Die bekannte amerikanische buddhistische Meisterin ist wieder zu Gast im Tibethaus und wird in ihrer gleichermaßen humorvollen wie tiefgründigen Art und Weise über „gutes Karma“ sprechen und über dessen Ursachen. Sie nimmt dabei Bezug auf ihr aktuelles gleichnamiges Buch, in dem sie den klassischen buddhistischen Text „Das Rad der scharfen Waffen“ aus einer modernen, westlichen Sichtweise heraus kommentiert (Übersetzung ins Deutsche). Um Anmeldung bis zum 25. April wird gebeten.

Dana-Empfehlung | 90 bis 120 Euro

Moscow, Russia

Contact sravastifriends [at] gmail [dot] com

Cause and Effect: The Buddhist Idea of Karma

May 2 and May 3, 2017
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm (each evening)

Ripa Center
Moscow, Aptekarskij pereulok, 9

In describing the logic of how happiness and suffering arise in our immediate experience, Buddha emphasized the two key factors: (1) our mental states and the (2) actions that we undertake under their influence. These actions leave a particular mental imprint, which later ripens as different types of joy and discomfort. Describing this Buddhist idea of karma over the course of two evening talks, Venerable Thubten Chodron will introduce the participants to karma’s general characteristics, as well as briefly explain the more subtle points related to how the continuum of karma is retained in our mind.

Amitabha recitation residential retreat

May 4-7, 2017
Retreat starts May 4, 2:00 pm, and ends May 7, 12:00 pm

North Kunsangar
Moscow region, Pavlovsky Posad district,
Bolshie Dvori village, Mayakovskogo street, 2
7 (985) 91-108-29

The practice of meditation on the body, speech, and mind of the Buddha of Boundless Light (Amitabha) is equally widespread in the Tibetan and Chinese traditions and serves as the key element of the Pure Land tradition of Buddhism. Participants of this retreat will focus on different ways of applying this practice (including walking meditation) for the sake of purifying and calming the mind. Venerable Chodron will also give teachings on how Amitabha’s practice can serve as the basis for serenity meditation (Sanskrit: shamatha) and special insight into the nature of reality (Sanskrit: vipashyana).

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons

May 7, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

North Kunsangar

Indian master Dharmarakshita’s classic text “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons” did not only serve as one of the main sources for the mind-training tradition (tib. lojong); it is also still actively studied and practiced, as it contains special teachings on developing powerful levels of altruism and wisdom and profound teachings on karma. Venerable Chodron, who has authored an extensive commentary on the text (published as “Good Karma” by Shambhala Publications) will introduce the general topics of the text and some of the practical recommendations we can take from it to benefit our daily life.

Открытые лекции «Причины и следствия: буддийское учение о карме»
2 и 3 мая, 19:00
Москва, Аптекарский переулок, дом 9

Описывая логику возникновения счастья и страдания на уровне наших личных переживаний, Будда уделял особое внимание двум ключевым факторам: нашим умственным состояниям и совершаемым на основе этих состояний действиям, которые оставляют в потоке ума определенный отпечаток, способный созреть как разные виды радости или дискомфорта. Описывая в рамках двух вечерних лекций буддийские представления о карме, досточтимая Чодрон познакомит участников с её общими свойствами, а также кратко затронет более тонкие объяснения относительно того, как непрерывность кармы сохраняется в потоке нашего ума.

Выездной ретрит по практике начитывания имени Будды Амитабхи
4-7 мая
Северный Кунсангар (70 км от Москвы)

Практика медитации на теле, речи, уме и качествах Будды Бесконечного Света Амитабхи в равной степени распространена в тибетской и китайской традициях и является ключевым элементом учений буддизма традиции чистой земли. В рамках ретрита участники сосредоточатся на разных способах применения этой практики (в том числе в рамках медитации при ходьбе) с целью очищения и успокоения ума. Досточтимая Чодрон также даст учения о том, как практика Амитабхи может служить основой для методов развития безмятежного пребывания (санскр. шаматха) и особого прозрения в природу реальности (санскр. випашьяна).

Открытая лекция по тексту Дхармаракшиты «Колесо острого оружия»
7 мая, 14:00
Северный Кунсангар (70 км от Москвы)

Классический текст индийского мастера Дхармаракшиты «Колесо острого оружия» не только послужил одной из основ традиции тренировки ума (тиб. лоджонг), но и всё еще активно изучается и применяется на практике, поскольку содержит особые учения о развитии мощных уровней альтруизма и понимания пустотности и особые учения о законе кармы. Досточтимая Чодрон как автор развернутого комментария к этому тексту (опубликован на английском языке как «Good Karma») познакомит участников с общими темами текста и некоторыми практическими рекомендациями, которые мы можем извлечь из него для своей повседневной жизни.

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