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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Introduction to the taking and giving meditation

Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on overcoming the self-centered thought, which is an obstacle to meditating on taking on the suffering of others and giving them our happiness.

We lie to ourselves about ourselves. All the self-critical kind of stuff, if we really examine it, it's not true.”
We have to nourish the seeds of our potential instead of telling ourselves we're not worthwhile."
When you have affection and care for others, you're much more peaceful and create a peaceful ambience around you.”

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Vajrasattva statue Vajrasattva Winter Retreat 2005-06

What to do after retreat

Advice on how to take what was learned during retreat…

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Healing Anger

Working with anger

Practical advice on working with anger in personal relationships and…

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Buddhist Worldview

100,000 Bows Toward Full Awakening

A wide-ranging Q&A session on spiritual practice with two monks…

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On Overcoming Anger

Reflections on anger

Stories from incarcerated people about their struggles with anger and…

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An Open-Hearted Life

Being responsible for our emotions

When disturbing emotions arise we have a choice. The Buddhist…

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The Six Perfections

Bodhicitta: The jewel of the mind

The many praises given to bodhicitta in Buddhist scriptures.

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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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