Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

We are all equal

Explanation of the first three points of the nine-point meditation on equalizing self and others.

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Library of Wisdom and Compassion

Generosity of the heart

How to cultivate the four brahmaviharas or divine abodes of love, compassion, empathetic joy, and…

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An Open-Hearted Life

Empathic distress

How compassion can fall into empathic distress, or compassion fatigue, when our focus turns from…

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Everyone wants happiness

Explanation of the nine-point equalizing self and other meditation, covering point 1, how everyone equally…

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Venerable Chodron in front of the wooden Kuan Yin statue in Chenrezig Hall.
Cultivating Compassion

Compassion manifesting in skillful means

An article about compassion and skillful means as an expression of compassion published in Mindfulness.

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Meditation on equanimity

An explanation of equanimity and its importance in developing bodhicitta including a guided meditation on…

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Guest read Dharma books on the Chenrezig Hall deck.
Teachings

Reading list

An extensive bibliography of resources for further study.

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Wealth is suffering

How wealth causes suffering and that it is better to strive for the wealth of…

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Contentment and Happiness

Building confidence and resilience with joy

Learn to base your confidence on your good motivation instead of what others say and…

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An Open-Hearted Life

Compassion and personal distress

When overwhelmed by seeing suffering we may slip into personal distress. We can cultivate compassion…

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