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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A Presentation of the Establishment of Mindfulness

The four objects of mindfulness

Introduction to the four establishments of mindfulness including the four objects and the common manner…

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Fear, Anxiety, and Other Emotions

Transforming anxiety and depression in a rapidly cha...

Discussion of the source of anxiety and related emotions and some practical antidotes to counteract…

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Rashika laughing while cooking in the Sravasti Abbey kitchen with Venerable Penne.
On Cultivating Virtue

Revoking anger’s “Get out of trouble free” card

Anger can make us impulsive, making us feel out of control. A simple meditation shows…

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

The kindness of others

Continued explanation of the nine-point meditation on equalizing self and others with the three points…

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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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