Transforming the mind

01 Awakening the Kind Heart – 2020 retreat

Part of a series of talks by Venerable Sangye Khadro based on her book Awakening the Kind Heart given during a retreat at Sravasti Abbey in November 2020.

  • Short introduction to Venerable Khadro’s book and to Buddhism
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Four Immeasurable Thoughts: loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity
  • The Buddhist understanding of mind
  • Transforming our mind as the essence of Buddhism
    • Decreasing negative states of mind
    • Developing positive states of mind
    • Learning not to identify with our states of mind
    • Learning not to be judgmental about our states of mind
  • Mindfulness in meditation and everyday life

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.