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 large group of Tibetan monastics gathered together.
Western Monastics

Establishing the sangha in the West

Transcript of a meeting with monastics on establishing a monastic community in the West.

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

Declaring my faults & praising others

Commentary on thought transformation verses that explain how to exchange self and others.

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An Open-Hearted Life

Compassion gone awry

How compassion without wisdom and a good motivation can go awry.

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Shantideva Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

The faults of self-centeredness

How self-centeredness creates problems in our lives, and the actual method of exchanging self and…

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Monastic Life

Monastic Mind Motivation commentary

The importance of reconfiguring our usual mindset to align with our precepts and values.

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Thought Training

Living a life that matters

How to overcome the eight worldly concerns and generate bodhicitta.

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Sunset behind an open meadow.
On Self-Worth

I am a Buddhist

D. S. reflects on how his studies in Buddhism have influenced his life as an…

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