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.

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37 Practices of Bodhisattvas with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2019)

Short talks by Venerable Sangye Khadro on "The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas" by Gyelsay Togmay Zangpo.

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70 Topics with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2022)

70 Topics is an important study of the entire sutra path to enlightenment as presented in Maitreya's "Ornament for Clear Realization," including all the fundamental features of the basis, path and goal in the Mahayana.

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Art of Transforming Suffering Retreat with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2017)

Teachings by Venerable Sangye Khadro on the art of transforming suffering given at Sravasti Abbey in July 2017.

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Know Your Mind with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2021)

An introduction to Buddhist psychology by Venerable Sangye Khadro. The course explores topics such as what the mind is, perception and conception, types of awareness, and the mental factors.

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Meditation 101 by Venerable Sangye Khadro (2021)

Teachings by Venerable Sangye Khadro suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time.

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Mind and Mental Factors with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2019)

An overview of the Buddhist psychology of mind and mental factors given during a course on Buddhist reasoning and debate in 2019.

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Seven Kinds of Awareness with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2019)

An overview of the seven kinds of awareness according to the Buddhist philosophy of mind taught as part of a course on Buddhist reasoning and debate in 2019.

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Tenets with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2022)

Weekly teachings on the text "Presentation of Tenets" by Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen by Venerable Sangye Khadro.

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Stages of the Path

What to do during the actual session

Explaining how to practice mediation in general, continuing the teaching from Chapter 5.

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The six preparatory practices

Explaining the six preparatory practices and describing the seven-limb prayer, from Chapter 5.

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Reliance on a teacher

Explaining the benefits of reliance and the faults of improper reliance in relation to the…

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The way to rely on a teacher

Leading a guided meditation on relating to a spiritual teacher in a healthy, realistic way…

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How to see the spiritual mentor

Explaining the characteristics of a student and describing how to develop faith and three ways…

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The importance of a teacher

Explaining the qualities of a spiritual mentor, continuing the teaching from Chapter 4.

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How to explain the Dharma

Continuing teaching from Chapter 3, explaining the benefits of teaching the dharma and the proper…

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How to approach the Dharma

Explaining giving up the three faults of a vessel and relying on the six perceptions,…

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The greatness of the Dharma

Explaining the greatness of the dharma from Chapter 2 and describing the benefits of listening…

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Working with Emotions

Compassion for oneself, compassion for others

How we can overcome self-hatred and self-criticism and learn to be more kind and friendly…

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The roadmap to enlightenment

Covering Chapter 1, "Greatness of the Author" and beginning Chapter 2, "Greatness of the Dharma"

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