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Venerable Thubten Samten

Venerable Samten met Venerable Chodron in 1996 when the future Venerable Chonyi took the future Ven. Samten to a Dharma talk at Dharma Friendship Foundation. The talk on the kindness of others and the way it was presented is deeply etched in her mind. Four Cloud Mountain retreats with Ven. Chodron, eight months in India and Nepal studying the Dharma, one month of offering service at Sravasti Abbey, and a two month retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2008, fueled the fire to ordain. This took place August 26, 2010 (see photos). This was followed by full ordination in Taiwan in March, 2012 (see photos), becoming Sravasti Abbey's sixth bhikshuni. Right after finishing a Bachelor of Music degree, Ven. Samten moved to Edmonton to pursue training as a corporeal mime artist. Five years later, a return to university to obtain Bachelor of Education degree opened the door to teaching for the Edmonton Public School board as a music teacher. Concurrently, Ven. Samten became a founding member and performer with Kita No Taiko, Alberta's first Japanese drum group. Ven. Samten is responsible for thanking donors who make offerings online; assisting Venerable Tarpa with developing and facilitating the SAFE online learning courses; assisting with the forest thinning project; tracking down knapweed; maintaining the Abbey database and answering email questions; and photographing the amazing moments that are constantly happening at the Abbey.

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An Open-Hearted Life

Genuine compassion

Compassion is an internal attitude that can be deliberately cultivated through practice. Reflection on bringing…

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Cultivating Compassion

Equanimity in daily life

How to fit the practice of equanimity into our daily lives, and outlining the taking-and-giving…

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Cultivating Compassion

Composed compassion

How to take responsibility for cultivating compassion in our own lives.

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Gomchen Lamrim

Gomchen Lamrim review: Seven-point cause and effect ...

Venerable Thubten Samten reviews the last four points of the meditation on the seven-point cause…

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Explore Monastic Life

The border between liberation and cyclic existence

Venerable Thubten Samten reflects on her life experiences through the lens of teachings on the…

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Explore Monastic Life

Don’t make me swarm!

Venerable Thubten Samten shares how she overcame her struggle with the Abbey's practice of "swarming"…

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Gomchen Lamrim

Gomchen Lamrim review: Birth, aging, sickness, and d...

How to reflect on the dukkha of birth, aging, sickness and death to generate the…

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Teachings at Sravasti Abbey

“Precious Garland” review: Quiz question...

Discussion of quiz part 3 questions 13-15 and part 4 questions 1-2 to review verses…

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Gomchen Lamrim

Gomchen Lamrim review: Precious human life

A review and guided meditation on the freedoms and fortunes to fuel our aspirations to…

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Gomchen Lamrim

Gomchen Lamrim review: The actual meditation session

A review of the points of the text on the meditation session, between session activities…

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