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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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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Causal clear light mind

Describing the clear and cognizant nature of the mind and innate clear light mind, covering…

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Qualities of a Spiritual Teacher

Remembering the kindness of the guru with Ven. Chodron

Stories about Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe from Venerable Thubten Chodron’s experience.

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Nothing is to be removed

Explaining how the uninterrupted path leads to liberated path, transforming buddha nature and the third…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Turning the Dharma wheel and buddha nature

Explaining how the progression of teachings in the three turnings of the wheel presents the…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Four puzzling points

Explaining the four puzzling points, from the section, "A Puzzle", in Chapter 13.

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Geshe Tenzin Chodrak (Dadul Namgyal) smiling, a smiling student offering a khata in the background.
Living with Impermanence

To Geshela with appreciation

I have been thinking a lot about Geshela and I wanted to share some of…

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Thubten Chodron

Q&A session in Bodhgaya, India

Answers to questions on Dharma practice and experience as a Buddhist nun.

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Buddhist nun making an offering to her teacher.
A Nun's Life

Women in Buddhism

A discussion on the status of nuns in the Buddhist community.

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