We are delighted to announce that Venerable Thubten Chodron would be giving a talk on Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions.
Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. All these traditions trace their beginnings to the teachings of the Buddha in India 2,500 years ago, which spread worldwide in all directions and into numerous languages. Venerable Thubten Chodron maps out the convergence and divergence of the rich diversity of Buddhist traditions, illuminating the many ways they share a common heritage and goals.
About Venerable Thubten Chodron: Born in Chicago in 1950, Venerable Thubten Chodron grew up near Los Angeles. She graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971.In 1975, she attended a Lama Yeshe and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and subsequently went to Kopan, their Monastery in Nepal, to continue to study and practice ’s teachings. In 1977, she received (novice) from Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, and in 1986 she received (full) ordination in Taiwan.course given by
Ven. Chodron was a co-organizer of Life as a Western Buddhist Nun, and took part in the conferences of Western Buddhist teachers with His Holiness the Dalai in 1993 and 1994. Active in interfaith events, she was present during the Jewish delegation’s visit to Dharamsala, India, in 1990, which was the basis for Rodger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus, and attended the Second Gethsemani Encounter in 2002. She has also been present at several of the Mind and Life Conferences in which His Holiness the dialogues with Western scientists, and regularly attends the annual Western Buddhist Monastic Gatherings.
Seeing the importance and necessity of a monastery for Westerners training in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, she founded Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist community north of Spokane, WA and is the abbess there. It is the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western monks and nuns in America.
She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation in several languages, and is currently co-authoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a multi-volume series of teachings on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and . The first volume, Approaching the Buddhist Path, is available August 2017. Her Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind are widely recommended introductory books.