For Young People

Teachings from the annual Young Adults Explore Buddhism program and talks especially for youths.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism

Each year, Venerable Thubten Chodron leads the Young Adults Explore Buddhism program at Sravasti Abbey for youths aged 18 to 29. She tailors the teachings to the needs of those in the group, sharing how Buddhist ideas can support their journey to lead a meaningful life.

You’ll also find Venerable Thubten Chodron’s talks for youths at colleges and other venues here.

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Young adults work outside in the garden with Ven. Chodron.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2006

The Buddhist worldview and how to live in harmony with ourself and others.

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Venerable Chodron and Young Adult Week participants take a group photo in the Sravasti Abbey Meditation Hall.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2007

Cultivating self-confidence and healthy relationships with others.

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Venerable Chodron and Young Adult Week participants sit in a circle to discuss the Dharma in the Sravasti Abbey garden.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2008

How to be happy and live a meaningful life in the modern world.

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Venerable Chodron and Young Adult Week participants discuss the Dharma around a table in the garden.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2009-10

Understanding the mind and how the Buddhist worldview relates to modern life.

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Three young adults help to pull weeds out from the flower garden.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2011

How to work with the afflictions while at the monastery and beyond.

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Venerable Chodron and Young Adult Week participants join hands and jump in the air in the upper meadow.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2012

Essential Buddhist tools for young adults to live a meaningful life.

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Young Adult Week participants take a group photo in work clothes.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2013

Creating the causes for happiness by cultivating virtue.

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Young Adult Week participants sit in a discussion circle with Dr. Russell Kolts in the Kuan Yin Room at Sravasti Abbey.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2015

Appreciating the kindness of others motivates us to act with kindness and compassion.

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Young Adult Week participants dig up weeds in the meadow with tools.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2016

The fundamentals of the Buddhist worldview for young adults.

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Young Adult Week participants sit in meditation.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2017

How to find a meaningful path in life.

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Young Adult Week participants stand and pose in the back of a truck in their work clothes.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2018

Becoming the person we want to be by practicing the Buddha’s teachings.

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Young Adult Week participants pose in a group photo in front of the Kuan Yin statue in the Chenrezig Hall dining room.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2019

Working with our emotions to be of benefit to others.

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A group of young people working in the Sravasti Abbey forest smiling at the camera.

Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2022

Living a meaningful life in line with the Buddha's teachings.

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Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2023

Let’s explore what makes life meaningful.

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Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2023

Introduction to meditation

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Venerable Chodron sitting in front of a large gold Buddha statue, teaching to a group of people.
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Finding your purpose in life

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Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2022

Living in compassion

A psychologist's approach to cultivating compassion and managing emotions.

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Characteristics of karma

The fundamentals of karma: What it is, how it works, why it’s important, and how…

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Determining spiritual experiences

Explanation of the fifth precept on avoiding intoxicants and how to assess our spiritual experiences.

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Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2022

The five precepts

Explanation of the first four of the five precepts followed by Buddhists.

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A large group of young people smiling while standing together for a photo.
Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2019

Actions to abandon and adopt

The Buddha talked about the attitudes and actions to abandon and those to adopt to…

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Young people and a monastic sitting in a discussion circle.
Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2019

Resolving difficulties without anger

Anger is not needed to resolve a disputes. Without anger it's possible to connect and…

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Dr. Russell Kolts teaching in front of the Buddha in Chenrezig Hall.
Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2019

Exploring compassion

Dr. Russell Kolts discusses how compassion helps us work through difficulties in our own life…

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Venerable teaching to a group of young people.
Young Adults Explore Buddhism 2019

Overview of the Buddhist worldview

An outline of the Buddhist worldview. How Buddhism regards the mind, the self, the concept…

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