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Thubten Chodron, born Cheryl Greene, is an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western nuns and monks in the United States. Chodron is a central figure in the reinstatement of the Bhikshuni (tib. Gelongma) ordination of women. She is a student of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, and other Tibetan masters. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is the only nun who has co-authored a book with the Dalai Lama—Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions.
Born in 1950, Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron grew up in a "non-religious Jewish" family near Los Angeles, California and earned her B.A. in history from University of California at Los Angeles in 1971. After traveling through Europe, North Africa and Asia for one and a half years, she received a teaching credential and went to the University of Southern California to do post-graduate work in education while working as a teacher in the Los Angeles City School System. In 1975, she attended a meditation course given by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, and subsequently went to Kopan Monastery in Nepal to continue studying Buddhism. In 1977 she was ordained as a Buddhist nun by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamshala, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan.
Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition extensively in India and Nepal under the guidance of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters and for three years at Dorje Pamo Monastery in France. She directed the spiritual program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy for nearly two years, was resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore, and for 10 years was spiritual director and resident teacher at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, US.
Emphasizing the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives, Thubten Chodron tries to explain them in ways easily understood and practised by Westerners. She has worked on re-establishing the Bhikshuni lineage of Buddhist nuns, cultivating interfaith dialogue, and Dharma outreach in prisons. Seeing the importance and necessity of a monastery for Westerners training in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, she founded Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic 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.
Thubten Chodron is also author or editor of more than 25 books on Buddhism, including two works co-written with the 14th Dalai Lama: Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions and Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first in a multi-volume collection presenting the Dalai Lama’s comprehensive explanation of the Buddhist path. Other popular works include Buddhism for Beginners; Open Heart, Clear Mind; Working with Anger; and Don’t Believe Everything You Think.
Thubten Chodron was a co-organizer of Life as a Western Buddhist Nun, an international conference of Western Buddhist nuns held in 1996. She was a participant in the 1993 and 1994 Western Buddhist teachers conferences with the 14th Dalai Lama, and she was instrumental in the creation of the 2007 International Congress on Buddhist Women's Role in the Sangha. She is a member of the Committee for Bhikshuni Ordination and attends the annual Western Buddhist Monastic Gathering in the USA. Keen on interfaith dialogue, she was present during the Jewish delegation’s visit to Dharamshala in 1990, which was the basis for Rodger Kamenetz’s The Jew in the Lotus, and she attended the Second Gethsemani Encounter in 2002. She has been present at several Mind and Life Institute conferences in which the 14th Dalai Lama dialogues with Western scientists.
Thubten Chodron travels worldwide to teach the Dharma: North America, Latin America, Singapore, Malaysia, India, and the former Soviet countries. Seeing the importance and necessity of a monastery for Westerners training in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, she founded Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Newport, Washington, USA, in 2003, and became its abbess.
In 2016 she was awarded the Global Bhikkhuni Award, presented by the Chinese Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association of Taiwan.
Thubten Chodron permanently resides at Sravasti Abbey in Washington State, USA when she not on her international teaching tours.
The Abbey has a yearly program of weekly teachings as well as various teaching and meditation retreats:
- Thursday (reasoning and debate) and Friday (lamrim) night teachings, which are broadcast via livestream.com and posted on the Sravasti Abbey youtube channel;
- Annual 'Young Adults Explore Buddhism' program;
- Annual 'Exploring Monastic Life' three-week residential program for those thinking about becoming a Buddhist monk or nun;
- Annual month-long Winter retreat;
- Various other courses and retreats, which can be found on the Sravasti Abbey events page.
The international teaching schedule can also be accessed via the Abbey events page.
- I Wonder Why. eBook 106 pages; Publisher: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Dharma Propagation Division; (1988)
- Open Heart, Clear Mind. Paperback 224 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (November 25, 1990) ISBN 0-937938-87-4
- The Path to Happiness. eBook 68 pages; Publisher: Amitabha Buddhist Centre; (1999) ISBN 981041336X
- Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun. Paperback 248 pages; Publisher: North Atlantic Books; (December 28, 1999) ISBN 9781556433252
- Buddhism for Beginners. Paperback 160 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (February 25, 2001) ISBN 1-55939-153-7
- Working with Anger. Paperback 170 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (October 25, 2001) ISBN 1-55939-163-4
- Taming the Mind. Paperback 230 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (September 25, 2004) ISBN 1-55939-221-5
- How to Free Your Mind: Tara the Liberator. Paperback 224 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (April 25, 2005) ISBN 1-55939-226-6
- Transforming Our Daily Activities: A Practical Guide To Practising Buddhism In Daily Life. eBook 98 pages; Publisher: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Dharma Propagation Division, Awaken Publishing and Design; (May, 2005) ISBN 9789810530037
- Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig. Paperback 155 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (April 25, 2006) ISBN 1-55939-242-8
- Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path. Paperback 154 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (October 25, 2007) ISBN 1-55939-281-9
- Dealing with Life's Issues: A Buddhist Perspective. eBook 192 pages; Publisher: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Dharma Propagation Division, Awaken Publishing and Design; (January, 2008) ISBN 9789810593957
- Pearl of Wisdom Buddhist Prayers and Practices: Book I. Spiral-bound 104 pages; Publisher: Sravasti Abbey; Sixth edition (July 1, 2011) ISBN 9780985849801
- Don't Believe Everything You Think: Living With Wisdom and Compassion. Paperback 256 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (January 8, 2013) ISBN 9781559393966
- Timeless Wisdom: Being the Knowing. NTSC DVD 109 minutes; Producer: Sweet Corn Productions; (January 28, 2013) ASIN B00B79WPCY
- Living with an Open Heart: How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life. Paperback 400 pages; Publisher: Robinson Publishing; (November 7, 2013) ISBN 9781780335421
- Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. Hardcover 352 pages; Publisher: Wisdom Publications; (November 11, 2014) ISBN 9781614291275
- Pearl of Wisdom Buddhist Prayers and Practices: Book II. Spiral-bound 95 pages; Publisher: Sravasti Abbey; Sixth edition (December 1, 2014) ISBN 9780985849825
- An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Methods for Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun. Paperback 272 pages; Publisher: Shambhala; (March 3, 2015) ISBN 9781611802115
- Seven Tips for a Happy Life. eBook 38 pages; Publisher: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Dharma Propagation Division, Awaken Publishing and Design; (May, 2015) ISBN 9789810955892
- Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering. Paperback 272 pages; Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (August 9, 2016); ISBN 978-1611803396
- Approaching the Buddhist Path. Hardcover 360 pages; Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1 edition (August 15, 2017); ISBN 978-1614294412
Edited by Thubten Chodron:
- Heruka Body Mandala Sadhana and Tsog and Commentary. eBook; By request from Sravasti Abbey;
- A Teaching on Heruka. eBook; Publisher: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive; (May, 2000)
- A Teaching on Yamantaka. eBook; Publisher: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive; (May, 2000)
- Choosing Simplicity: A Commentary on the Bhikshuni Pratimoksha. Paperback 300 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (January 2, 2001) ISBN 9781559391559
- Transforming Adversity Into Joy and Courage. Paperback 320 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; (September 2, 2005) ISBN 9781559392327
- Insight Into Emptiness. Paperback 296 pages; Publisher: Wisdom Publications; (July 31, 2012); ISBN 9781614290131
- Karmans for the Creation of Virtue: The Prescriptive Precepts in the Dharmaguptaka Vinaya. Paperback 314 pages; Publisher: Sravasti Abbey; (April 23, 2015) ISBN 9781508456070
- Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna's Precious Garland. Paperback 440 pages; Publisher: Wisdom Publications; (April 25, 2017) ISBN 978-1614293248 [Note: This is the first complete English-language commentary on Nagarjuna's Precious Garland of Advice for a King.]
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- Thubten Chodron's official website
- Sravasti Abbey's official website
- Chodron’s newest book focuses on transforming mind to benefit self, others Interview with Spokane Faith and Values
- "Determined to be Free" Interview with Ascent Magazine
- Audio Interview Series Teaching hosted on Buddhist Geeks
- "Mandala Talk: Ven. Thubten Chodron on “Insight into Emptiness”" Interview with FPMT's Mandala Magazine
- "Buddhism’s Common Ground: An Interview with Ven. Thubten Chodron" Interview with FPMT's Mandala Magazine
- "Disappointment and Delight: The eight worldly concerns." Interview with FPMT's Mandala Magazine
- "Buddhists Monastics Get Together." Article on FPMT.org
- "Cycles of Optimism: Buddhism's Challenges for Future Generations" Article on Patheos.com
- "A Tibetan Buddhist Nun Blazes a Trail for Other Women to Follow" Interview in Tricycle Magazine
- "The Truth About Gossip." Article in Tricycle Magazine
- "How One Tibetan Buddhist Nun Is Blazing A Trail For Other Women To Follow." Article in The Huffington Post
- "The Whole of the Spiritual Life: Two nuns, Thubten Chodron and Ayya Tathaaloka, discuss the vital importance of friendship." Interview in Tricycle Magazine
- "Buddhist abbey a dream fulfilled for U.S. nuns" Article in USA Today
- "Recognizing and Transforming Jealousy and Envy." Tricycle Online Retreat
- "Tibetan Nun Connects with Students" Article in North Idaho College's student newspaper The Sentinel
- "Comrades in Alms: Ven. Thubten Chodron discusses the challenges and joys of being a Western Buddhist monastic" Interview on Tricycle.org
- "NIC HOSTS TIBETAN BUDDHIST NUNS" Article in North Idaho College's student newspaper The Sentinel
- "Kindness Vitamins with Thubten Chodron" Interview with Third Eye Drops
- "8 North American Buddhist nuns, including Pema Chödrön and Thubten Chodron, receive “Global Bhikkhuni Award”" Article in Lion's Roar Magazine
- "Presenting the Path to Modern Students: An Interview with Ven. Thubten Chodron”" Interview in FPMT's Mandala Magazine