Venerable Thubten Chodron

Pioneering American Buddhist teacher and founder of Sravasti Abbey, currently assisting His Holiness the Dalai Lama with The Library of Wisdom and Compassion book series.

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The Four Close Placements of Mindfulness

Watch the first in a series of four talks on “A Presentation of the Establishment of Mindfulness” by Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen. Venerable Thubten Chodron also gave an in-depth commentary on this text from 2011–12. Watch those teachings here.

Learn more about Sravasti Abbey’s Winter Retreat from Afar on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness here.

What one individual does can influence a huge number of other people. In that way we are very important."
We're out of touch with our actual experience. The four establishments of mindfulness bring us back to that."
Our refusal to accept impermanence causes us a lot of pain. When things we want change, we get very upset."

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Venerable Chodron in front of a large Buddha statue, smiling while teaching. Mindfulness

Introduction to the four establishments of mindfulness

The purpose of practicing the four establishments of mindfulness, how…

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Bleeding heart flowers in the Sravasti Abbey garden. Dharma in Action

12 ways to apply compassion

A discussion of ways to apply compassion to improve areas…

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An Open-Hearted Life

Apologizing and forgiving

How to engage in apologizing and forgiving as part of…

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Hand-painted sign that says '$5.00 for whining'. On Self-Worth

No more whining

Complaining doesn't change an unpleasant situation: it only causes more…

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Venerable Chodron placing a khata around someone's neck. Prayers and Practices

Chinese New Year Tsog motivation

A brief motivation given before a ceremony on Chinese New…

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Cultivating Concentration Retreat 2018

Motivation and meditation

The importance of motivation and the purpose and practice of…

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Stages of the Path to Awakening Podcast

Buddhahood depends on sentient beings

Reviewing Chapter 12, "The Mind and Its Potential", describing how…

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Review of Chapter Six: Verses 22-34

How anger arises due to causes and conditions, and how…

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Healing Anger

Healing from The heart

The restorative justice movement shows it's possible to let go…

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Learn more about Buddhist books written and edited by Venerable Thubten Chodron.

Book cover of Realizing the Profound View

Realizing the Profound View

This 8th volume in The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, the second of three focusing on e...

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Book cover of Searching for the Self

Searching for the Self

Volume 7 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion explores emptiness and leads us to delve deeply ...

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Book cover of Courageous Compassion

Courageous Compassion

The 6th book in the multi-volume collection and the 2nd devoted to compassion. Courageous Compass...

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Book cover of How to Free Your Mind

How to Free Your Mind

If you are curious about Buddhist deities, in particular female Buddhas, if you want to learn abo...

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Book cover of Open Heart Clear Mind

Open Heart, Clear Mind

A practical introduction to the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life in order to bet...

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Book cover of Working with Anger

Working with Anger

A variety of Buddhist methods for subduing anger, not by changing what is happening, but by worki...

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Book cover of Buddhism for Beginners

Buddhism for Beginners

An accessible and engaging introduction to some of the most commonly asked questions about the es...

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Book cover of Guided Buddhist Meditations

Guided Buddhist Meditations

This invaluable resource provides Dharma practitioners with clear explanations of the stages of t...

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