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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Establishing the Sangha in the West

Venerable Thubten Chodron spoke to a group of Western monastics about how to establish a monastic community in the West. Read the full transcript of the meeting here.

We’re not trying to create an image of being some high, elevated practitioner who doesn’t have any problems, who understands everything.... No. We’re human beings and we want community.”
Our daily life is the environment for our Dharma practice. Our life isn’t solely about attending teachings, studying, and attending pujas and meditation sessions. It’s about living a Dharma life.”
You’re doing something the sangha has been doing for 2,500 years. You’re grateful to all the monastics who came before you. You know it’s your responsibility to sustain it for future generations.”

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Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotions

Identifying anxiety

The path from worry to fear and anxiety, and the…

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Dr. Russell Kolts teaching in front of the Buddha in Chenrezig Hall. Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2019

Exploring compassion

Dr. Russell Kolts discusses how compassion helps us work through…

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Bodhisattva Path

70 Topics: Introduction

Overview of the "Ornament for Clear Realization," the basis for…

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How to Meditate: Purpose and posture

Preparing the mind and body for a meditation session.

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Peaceful Living, Peaceful Dying Retreats

Facing fear of death

How to face the fear of death and practical methods…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Buddhahood depends on sentient beings

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

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Pink clouds against a blue sky. On Self-Worth

Gratitude for the Dharma

A. L. reflects on how prison has afforded her time…

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Gold colored sunset behind silhouette of trees. Prison Poetry

Gathas for daily life

An incarcerated person is inspired by the writing of Thich…

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Hazy mountains behind a line of trees. On Cultivating Wisdom

Dealing with difficult changes

A woman in prison uses a mind training prompt to…

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365 Gems of Wisdom

Reflections by Venerable Thubten Chodron and other Sravasti Abbey monastics to guide us in settin...

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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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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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Courageous Compassion

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

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Working with Anger

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

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Open Heart, Clear Mind

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

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Buddhism for Beginners

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

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Guided Buddhist Meditations

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

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Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness

A book enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness has much to...

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