Copyright © 2020 by Thubten Chodron. All books are strictly for free distribution and are not to be sold.
These ebooks contain lightly-edited transcripts of teachings given by Venerable Thubten Chodron at Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, from 1991-1994. They have been organized and formatted by Lai Wee Chiang.
- Volume I: Foundations of the Path
- Volume II: Initial Scope
- Volume III: Intermediate Scope
- Volume IV: Advanced Scope
Refuge Resource Book
When we take refuge, we trust our spiritual development to the guidance of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Whether it is done formally in a ceremony or in our hearts throughout the day, taking refuge always serves as the foundational step that points our lives in a positive direction and moves us along the path to discovering our inner, unlimited potential for awakening.
This booklet was created as a resource to prepare for formally taking refuge and any or all of the five lay precepts. It may also serve as a valuable resource for renewing and deepening our refuge over time.
Through hearing, thinking, and meditating, we deepen our understanding of the Buddha’s teachings and create the causes for transformation. Study guides for a number of books and root texts have been created to support this process.
- Approaching the Buddhist Path
- Don’t Believe Everything You Think
- Gomchen Lamrim
- Guided Meditations on the Lamrim
- Open Heart, Clear Mind
- An Open-Hearted Life
Be a Lamp Upon Yourself
Published in 1999 by Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore
Although not written by Venerable Chodron, this book was inspired by her teachings as well as those by Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda, S. Dhammika, Brother Piya Tan, and other eminent Dharma masters. It provides a concise approach to the foundations of Buddhism and the vast field of the Buddha’s teachings. Hosted here through the kind permission of KMSPKS.
Dealing with Life’s Issues
First published in 2008 by Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore
Are you bogged down by life’s many challenges? Ever wondered what Buddhism says about romantic love, marriage, divorce, homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion?
In this book, Ven. Chodron tackles these and other issues, giving clear and succinct answers to the many challenges we face in modern life, from terrorist attacks, natural disasters and global warming, to dealing with the loss of loved ones from terminal illnesses and suicide.
- Romantic Love and Marriage
- Dharma and the Family
- Dharma Guidance on World Events
- Dharma and Terminal Illness
- Dharma and Suicide
- Dharma and the Prison: Making Friends with Ourselves
Exploring Monastic Life
Published in 2019 by Sravasti Abbey.
The Sravasti Abbey Community created this booklet to provide guidance for those interested in exploring their spiritual aspirations more deeply. It speaks directly to attendees of the Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life (EML) Program, however, anyone who aspires to become a monastic, newly ordained monastics, and laypersons with an interest in understanding more about monastic life will also find this material illuminating and inspiring.
I Wonder Why
- The Essence of Buddhism & The Buddhist Traditions
- The Buddha
- Idols & Offerings
- Prayer & Dedicating Positive Potential
- Rebirth vs Creation
- Karma: The Functioning of Cause & Effect
- Impermanence & Suffering
- Attachment, Detachment & Desire
- Women & The Dharma
- Monks, Nuns & Lay Devotees
- Steps Along the Path
The Path to Happiness
First published in 1999 by Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore
This book is a compilation of Dharma talks given at the Jade Buddha Temple in Houston, Texas on: practical Buddhism in daily life; dealing with anxiety; and Buddhism in modern society.
Preparing for Ordination
Published by Life as a Western Buddhist Nun
The decision to take monastic ordination is an important one, and to make it wisely, one needs information. In addition, one needs to reflect over a period of time on many diverse aspects of one’s life, habits, aspirations, and expectations. The better prepared one is before ordaining, the easier the transition from lay to monastic life will be, and the more comfortable and joyous one will be as a monastic. This booklet, with articles by Asian and Western monastics, is designed to inform and to spark that reflection in non-Tibetans who are considering monastic ordination in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Seven Tips for a Happy Life
Published in 2015 by Awaken Publishing at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore.
- Live without hypocrisy
- Reflect on your motivation
- Set wise priorities
- Keep ourselves balanced
- Befriend yourself
- It’s not all about me
- Cultivate a kind heart
Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas
Published by Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore
A Buddha is someone who has completely eliminated all defilements from the mind and developed all good qualities limitlessly. Buddhas are sources of all well-being and happiness because they teach us the Dharma and by practising that, we will eliminate all misery and create the causes for all happiness and peace. To accomplish the final goal of the teachings, we have to know what to practise, and thus this book will explain the practice of bodhisattvas. By doing these bodhisattva practices, we will become bodhisattvas, advance on the bodhisattva path, and eventually become fully enlightened Buddhas.
Transforming Our Daily Activities
First published in 2005 by Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore
Spiritual practice need not be separated from the seemingly mundane activities of daily life.
This book teaches you how to lead a more fulfilling life according to the Buddha’s teachings and transform your daily activities into acts of compassion and loving-kindness. You can live and breathe the Dharma even while at work, driving or doing grocery shopping!
- Preface by Esther Thien, Executive Editor
- Chocolate Frosting and Garbage
- My Favorite Pastime: Complaining
- Speaking about the Faults of Others
- Practicing Buddhism in Daily Life
- Transforming Our Daily Activities (by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Also entitled “Practicing Dharma in Daily Life”)
- Buddhism in Modern Society
Unlocking Your Potential: How to Get Out of Your Own Way
Published in 2019 by Sravasti Abbey. This book is strictly for free distribution. It is not to be sold.
This booklet is a joint effort of Venerable Thubten Chodron and Mr. Calvin Malone, a civil detainee at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island in Washington State. It may help inmates and others to bring more awareness to their mental states and behavior, and encourage mental and emotional transformation that would bring them and those around them more happiness and peace in their lives. Since all of us are imprisoned by our ignorance, anger, and craving, all of us — no matter which side of the razor-wire fence we’re on — could benefit from learning about and improving our perspective on life.
To request a hard copy:
- Hard copies of the book are generously being published for free distribution to incarcerated persons by the Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation in Taiwan.
- If your organization works with incarcerated people and you would like to request hard copies of the book in bulk, please write to livestream [dot] sravasti [at] gmail [dot] com.
- If you are an incarcerated person who would like to request a hard copy of the book, please write to Sravasti Abbey, PO Box 607, Colbert, WA 99005-9998.
Working with Anger
Venerable Thubten Chodron discusses anger from a wide perspective and shows us how to acknowledge our anger as well as how to handle it and eventually transform it.
Below are some of the questions that the book discusses.
- Is anger destructive?
- Is it good to let our anger out?
- What can we do when we are angry?
- How can we avoid anger and cultivate patience?
- How can we accept criticism without anger arising?
- Is there an antidote to anger?
- What are the techniques to help to dissolve our anger?
Buddhism for Beginners (Arabic)
Translated by Venerable Palden Dhondup
يثور لدى الكثيرون ممن يتعرفون على البوذية لأول مرة -أو حتى هؤلاء من لديهم القليل من الإطلاع عليها- الكثير من الأسئلة. يقدم هذا الكتاب إجابة على الأسئلة الأكثر تكرارًا وشيوعًا حول البوذية. في سبيل تسهيل إجابة تلك الأسئلة قامت المؤلفة بتبسيط المصطلحات المختلفة وعرضها بأبسط طريقة ممكنة.
Đạo Phật- Một vị Đạo Sư và nhiều truyền thống
Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions (Vietnamese)
Với niềm tin rằng quyển sách này sẽ cung cấp đến quý độc giả xa gần một cái nhìn tổng thể về lịch sử truyền bá của Đạo Phật. Những lời dạy của Đức Phật và chư vị Tổ sư trong cuốn sách nhỏ này có thể hữu ích cả cho những người mới bắt đầu tìm hiểu Phật giáo cũng như những hành giả đã dày kinh nghiệm tu tập. Nhằm giúp quý Phật tử Việt nam có một cái nhìn đúng với lẽ thật hơn về sự phát triển của Phật giáo trong thế giới ngày nay, và có thể đạt được một sự hiểu biết tận ngọn nguồn những truyền thống Phật giáo từ nhiều nước và văn hóa khác nhau mà chúng ta sẽ gặp trong cuộc sống của thế giới hiện đại.
לב פתוח, תודעה צלולה
Open Heart, Clear Mind (Hebrew)
Translated by Yael Shalev
מבוא מעשי לבודהיזם המתמקד ביישום הפסיכולוגיה הבודהיסטית בחיים המודרניים.
בסגנון ישיר מלא בחום והומור, טובטן צ’ודרון המכובדת מציגה את הנקודות העיקריות בשיעורי הבודהה לגבי התמרת הגישות אליהן אנו מורגלים, התמודדות עם רגשות עוכרים, ומימוש הפוטנציאל האנושי.
Тренировка ума: руководство практикующего
Mind Training: A Practitioner’s Guide (Russian)
Translated by Friends of Sravasti Abbey Russia
«Тренировка ума: руководство практикующего» – развернутое руководство по буддийским практикам изменения привычных моделей мышления. Книга содержит подробные комментарии на популярные в тибетской традиции буддизма тексты «37 практик бодхисаттв» и «Восемь строф преобразования мышления»; основанные на «Сутре Сердца» учения по пустотности; рекомендации по применению конкретных противоядий от главных умственных омрачений, строфы памятования о бодхичитте, широкий спектр упражнений на саморефлексию и ключевые аналитические медитации поэтапного пути. Книга окажется полезной как тем, кто только начинает свое знакомство с буддийскими практиками и философией, так и опытным практикующим/
Hidup Bahagia dalam Perkawinan
Happiness in Marriage (Bahasa Indonesia)
Published by Penerbit Dian Dharma
Hal-hal yang perlu kita lakukan untuk hidup bahagia dalam pernikahan, dan memahami perselingkuhan sebagai penyebab penderitaan.
True Friendship (Bahasa Indonesia)
Published by Penerbit Dian Dharma
Teman yang baik, yang memmbimbing kita menjadi lebih baik, merupakan salah satu hal terpenting dalam menjalani kehidupan ini. Buku ini memberikan panduan tentang menjadi teman yang baik untuk Anda dan orang lain.
Lehren und Riten für Śrāmaṇerīs und für Śrāmaṇeras
Teachings and Rites for Śrāmaṇerī/as (German)
Übersetzung: Buddhistisches Nonnenkloster Shide, Schneverdingen, Deutschland
Entsprechend Buddhas Vinaya dürfen nur buddhistische Ordinierte diesen Text lesen.
- Bekenntnis und Reue vor dem Rezitieren der Regeln
- Auszug aus dem Dharmaguptaka des Bhikṣu- und Bhikṣuṇī-Poṣadha
- Die Regeln und Verhaltensregeln für Śrāmaṇerīs und Śrāmaṇeras
- Die wesentlichen Vinaya-Teile für das tägliche Leben
- Riten zum Bestimmen und Aufgeben/Loslassen von Roben