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Asia Teaching Tour 2023

Asia Teaching Tour 2023

Venerable Chodron teaching in a crowded room of students.

Please consider wearing a mask to the talks to help keep our teacher safe and healthy.


Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre

20 Lor 27A Geylang

The Power of Aspirations

October 31, 2023
7:45 pm to 9:15 pm

What does it mean for Buddhists to make spiritual aspirations, and how are they different from prayers? Venerable Thubten Chodron inspires us to learn to think like bodhisattvas, who make vast and powerful aspirations to be of the greatest benefit to all beings.

Pureland Marketing

No 29 Geylang Lor 29, #04-01/02

Taking the Ache Out of Attachment: Teachings on Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds

November 3, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

What can we do when our loved ones leave us and we lose what we’ve worked so hard to gain? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on how to let go of the suffering caused by attachment, based on Chapter 8 of the Indian sage Shantideva’s classic text Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds.

Pure Mind, Pure Land: Amitabha Buddha Retreat

November 4, 2023, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
November 5, 2023, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Amitabha practice, so popular in the Chinese Buddhist tradition, is practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition as well. As part of Pureland Marketing’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Venerable Thubten Chodron will guide a retreat on the Amitabha practice and offer practical advice on how we can transform all activities we engage in into the causes for being reborn in Amitabha’s Pure Land.

Amitabha Buddhist Centre

44 Lorong 25A Geylang

Working with Anger

November 8 & 9, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm both days

Anger plagues all of us on a personal, national, and international level. Yet we see people, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who have faced difficult circumstances, but do not burn with rage or seek revenge. How do they do it? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares Buddhist methods for subduing and preventing anger not by changing what is happening, but by transforming our perspectives.

Tibetan Buddhist Centre

281 Jalan Besar

Strengthening and Maintaining Mental Well-Being—the Buddhist Approach

November 10, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

We go to the gym to train up our physical muscles, but what should we do to strengthen our mind? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares Buddhist techniques that support our mental well-being and enable us to stay well-balanced regardless of external circumstances that arise.

Amitabha Buddhist Centre

44 Lorong 25A Geylang

How to See Yourself As You Really Are Workshop

November 11, 2023
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

We often turn to religion in search of our “true self.” What we learn from the Buddha’s teachings, however, is who we are not. Venerable Thubten Chodron unveils the misconceptions we hold about who we are and how to overcome them in order to develop a realistic and healthy sense of self.

How to Free Your Mind: Tara Retreat

November 12, 2023
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tara is a Buddhist deity who is the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity. She inspires us to transform our minds and become just like her, bringing tranquility, compassion, and wisdom into the world. Venerable Thubten Chodron will explain how to meditate on Tara and how to apply the Tara practice in our everyday lives.

Singapore Buddhist Mission

9 Ruby Lane

From TikTok to Dharma Talk

November 13, 2023
10:30 am to 12:00 pm

If the Buddha were alive today, would he be on FaceBook, Instagram, X, and TikTok? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron as she guides us on how to apply the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion in a modern digital age.

Malaysia: Penang

Penang Bodhi Heart Sanctuary

Jalan Mt Erskine
10470 George Town

Rejuvenate Your Life

November 16, 2023
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Feeling stressed out, stuck in a rut, or just down and out? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares how the Buddha’s teachings can help us to have a happy mind and live meaningful, purposeful lives.

Universiti Sains Malaysia Buddhist Society

Venue to be confirmed

Healing from the Heart

November 16, 2023
7:30 pm to 9 pm

We often hear about the benefits of “letting go,” but how do we truly heal from past hurts? Venerable Thubten Chodron explains what forgiveness entails and how to put it into practice for the benefit of ourselves and others. 

Butterworth Lay Buddhist Society

Talks at Butterworth Lay Buddhist Society include simultaneous translation into Chinese. Please bring a cell phone or tablet with the Zoom app installed and ear phones if you need translation.

TBP 6334, Kampung Baru
Sungai Puyu, 13400 Butterworth

Transforming Anxiety and Depression

November 17, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Buddha taught extensively on working with afflictions like anger and attachment, but what about mental states like anxiety and depression? Venerable Thubten Chodron offers a Buddhist perspective on these mental states and shares Buddhist techniques that can help us to transform them.

The Power of Compassion

November 18-19, 2023
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

People often confuse compassion with weakness, but it takes strength, courage, and wisdom to recognize the true causes of suffering and strive to free ourselves and others from them. Venerable Thubten Chodron leads a retreat with teachings, guided meditation, and discussions on what compassion is, what it is not, and how to cultivate it in daily life.

Register for the retreat here.

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

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Subang Jaya Buddhist Association

Lot PT 12593, SS13, Exit Jalan Kewajipan
47500 Subang Jaya

Mindfulness (Sati/Smṛti) – The Art of Living with Peace in Modern Life
Organized by the Pali-Sanskrit International Buddhist Community

November 21, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

At the second Pali-Sanskrit International Buddhist Community Forum, Venerable Thubten Chodron will speak about the practice of mindfulness according to the Sanskrit tradition. Venerable Dr. Dhammapala from Malaysia will share the perspective from the Pali tradition. Venerable Shih You Deng will moderate the Q&A that follows. Join in person at the above venue or on Zoom.

Register for the forum here.

Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Centre Malaysia

No. 9, Jalan 51A/225A Zon Perindustrian PJCT, Seksyen 51a
46100 Petaling Jaya

Disconnect to Connect

November 23, 2023
7:30 pm to 9 pm

In this age of social media and online meetings, is it still possible to connect with each other from the heart? Venerable Thubten Chodron offers tips on how to activate the simple technology of a good and kind heart to stay connected with ourselves and nourish our relationships with others. 

Buddhist Gem Fellowship

Taipan 1, Block D-G-2, Block D, Jalan PJU 1a/3k, Ara Damansara
47301 Petaling Jaya

Dharma Digital Detox

November 24, 2023
9 am to 5 pm

Turn off your digital devices and turn on your mind! Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a daylong seminar on how to live a meaningful life in line with the Dharma instead of being swept away by an endless stream of notifications and scrolling your life away. 

Indonesia: Jakarta

All talks in Indonesia include consecutive translation into Bahasa Indonesia.

Wihara Ekayana Arama

Jl. Mangga 2 No.8, RT.8/RW.8, Duri Kepa, Kec. Kb. Jeruk,
Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota, Jakarta 11510

Transforming Knowledge into Action

November 26, 2023
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Hearing and studying the Buddha’s teachings is the first step, but how do we go further to translate them into action? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches how we can turn what we have learned about the Dharma intellectually into practical action that transforms our lives and relationships with others.

Wihara Ekayana Serpong

QJ5Q+89M, Jl. Ki Hajar Dewantara, Pakulonan Bar., Kec.
Klp. Dua, Kabupaten Tangerang, Banten 15810

The Practices of Bodhisattvas

November 28 & 29, 2023
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm both days

What should we do to become fully awakened buddhas? Venerable Thubten Chodron lays out a step-to-step guide to buddhahood by following the example of the activities that bodhisattvas carry out to fulfill their aspiration of attaining buddhahood for the benefit of all beings.

Indonesia: Bandung

Wihara Suddhi Bhavana

No., Jl. Kolonel Masturi No.572, Jambudipa, Kec. Cisarua,
Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat 40551

Gems of Wisdom

December 1 to 3, 2023
Residential retreat

What is wisdom, and is it different from having a high IQ? Venerable Thubten Chodron offers a weekend retreat with teachings, guided meditations, and discussion on the different types of wisdom and why cultivating wisdom is essential for our happiness in this and future lives.


Buddhist Library

2 Lor 24A Geylang

Thriving in Tough Times

December 8, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This is often easier said than done! Venerable Thubten Chodron shares tips from the Buddha’s teachings that can help us to transform difficult situations into opportunities for spiritual growth that expand our human potential.

Poh Ming Tse Temple

438 Dunearn Rd

Courageous Compassion Book Launch

December 9, 2023
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Courageous Compassion, the sixth volume of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, continues the Dalai Lama’s teachings on the path to awakening. Venerable Thubten Chodron will share from the book and take us on a fascinating exploration of bodhisattvas’ activities across multiple Buddhist traditions.

Buddhist Fellowship West

2 Telok Blangah Street 31, #02-00 Yeo’s Building

Overcoming Unwholesome States

December 10, 2023
10:30 am to 12:30 pm

What are considered wholesome and unwholesome states of mind, and what can we do when we’re overwhelmed by the unwholesome ones? Venerable Thubten Chodron offers practical advice on how to take charge of our afflictions instead of letting them run the show and wreak havoc in our lives.


Dharma Drum Mountain Spiritual Environmental Protection Learning Center

No. 95, 2nd Floor, Roosevelt Road, Section 2
Da’an District, Taipei City

Sowing Seeds of Dharma in the Wild West

December 12, 2023
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

When American nun Venerable Thubten Chodron met her first teachers in the 1970s, Buddhadharma had barely begun to arrive in her homeland. Inspired by what she heard, she left everything behind to study with Tibetan masters in India and Nepal, and was soon sent out to teach the Dharma. She was among the first Western nuns to take bhikshuni ordination in Taiwan 1986. That’s when she began to dream of founding a training monastery for American Buddhists in a Christian country.

Through many challenges, Ven. Chodron continued to study, practice, teach, write, and nurture her vision. At last, in 2003, she founded Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington, USA. From three residents—herself and two cats—the Abbey has grown into a vibrant community of 24 monastics (and four cats), whose Dharma outreach spreads far beyond US borders to touch the entire world. Join Venerable Thubten Chodron as she shares her journey as a Western nun ordained for 46 years, and how she came to realize her aspiration to establish a monastic community in the West. 

With consecutive translation into Chinese.


Max Atria Singapore Expo

1 Expo Drive

12th Global Conference on Buddhism: Life, Death, and Rebirth

December 16 – 17, 2023
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Join Venerable Thubten Chodron and other eminent Buddhist teachers for a weekend of rich Dharma discussions. Venerable Chodron will speak on a panel on “Mindful Living” on December 16 and a panel on “Realms of Existence” on December 17, and participate in a final Q&A session with all speakers.

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.

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