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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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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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Review of Chapter Six: Verses 1-11

The disadvantages of anger, and how to keep the mind from getting angry by protecting…

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Cultivating the Four Immeasurables

Meditation on empathic distress

A guided meditation on the difference between compassion and personal distress.

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Tenets with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Prāsaṅgika Madhyamaka tenets: Part 5

The Prāsaṅgika tenet school's explanation of the paths and grounds, the practitioner's progression on the…

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Tenets with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Prāsaṅgika Madhyamaka tenets: Part 4

Explanation of the Prāsaṅgika assertions about the mind and the selflessness of persons and phenomena.

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Tenets with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Prāsaṅgika Madhyamaka tenets: Part 1

Introduction to Prāsaṅgika tenet school including origin, etymology and the mode of asserting objects.

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Guided Meditations

Meditations on equalizing and exchanging self and ot...

A sequence of eleven guided meditations for developing bodhicitta using the method of equalizing and…

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Tenets with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Svātantrika Madhyamaka tenets: Part 4

Explanation of the Svātantrika view of selflessness of persons and phenomena with comparison to the…

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Antidotes to Afflictions

Meditation on competition and cooperation

A guided meditation comparing the impact of approaching situations with a mindset of competition or…

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Tenets with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Svātantrika Madhyamaka tenets: Part 3

The Svātantika Madhyamaka assertions on consciousness, selflessness and the common assertions of the Sautrāntika, Cittamatra,…

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