Ven. Thubten Chodron: An American Buddhist Abbess

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Thubten Chodron is the abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington, where a group of ordained Tibetan Buddhists live and train together. Wisdom’s Publisher Daniel met with Venerable Chodron at Sravasti Abbey to discuss her journey as a nun, her vision for the Abbey, and her recent book, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many TraditionsVenerable Chodron also spoke on full ordination for Tibetan Buddhist nuns and her evaluation of Buddhism’s migration to the West.

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About the Interviewee

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has practiced the Buddha’s teachings for more than thirty-five years. A native of Los Angeles, she ordained as a nun in the Tibetan tradition in 1977 and received the full ordination of a bhikshuni in Taiwan in 1986. Venerable Chodron has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkhong Rinpoche, Zopa Rinpoche, and Lama Thubten Yeshe among many other Tibetan masters. With a clear, practical, and humorous style, she teaches Buddhist philosophy and meditation worldwide. Her numerous books, published in several languages, include Buddhism for Beginners, Taming the Mind, Don’t Believe Everything You Think, and most recently Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. Venerable Chodron has been the resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and was the resident teacher and spiritual adviser for Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle for ten years. She is currently the abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Newport, Washington, which she founded in 2003. Many of her teachings are available on her website and on the Sravasti Abbey Youtube Channel. Follow Venerable Chodron on Facebook or Twitter.

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