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

Are sentient beings already Buddhas?

Explaining whether sentient beings are already buddhas and covering the buddha nature according to tantra,…

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Venerable Chodron teaching in a crowded room of students.
Travels

Asia Teaching Tour 2023

In-person teachings in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Transforming and naturally abiding Buddha nature

Explaining the meaning of naturally abiding buddha nature and transforming buddha nature, from the section…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Arya disposition and Buddha nature

Describing the arya dispositions according to different tenet systems, from the sections "Ārya Disposition according…

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An Open-Hearted Life

Fear of compassion

How it takes time to form trusting relationships with others who have been harmed in…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

The mind’s potential in the Pali tradition

Starting Chapter 13, "Buddha Nature", covering the potential of the mind from the section, "The…

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A person sitting on top of a moutain, meditating.
Preliminary Practices

Seven-limb Prayer

Purifying and creating positive potential prepare our minds to grow in wisdom and understanding.

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

The purity of emptiness

Explaining the emptiness of afflictive mind and the emptiness of purified mind, reviewing the section,…

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Volume 3 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Cultivating excellent qualities

Describing the three factors that make the cultivation of excellent qualities, reviewing the sections, "Excellent…

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An Open-Hearted Life

Friends who give bad advice

How habitual disturbing emotions are like friends giving bad advice.

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