Thubten Chodron

Thubten Chodron

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Newport, Washington, and the author of Don’t Believe Everything You Think. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 and received full bhikshuni ordination in Taiwan in 1986.


Recent Articles

The Dalai Lama’s Skillful Means

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron on what makes His Holiness such a remarkable Buddhist teacher.

A Meditation to Develop Bodhichitta

Thubten Chodron on how to develop bodhichitta, the aspiration to attain buddhahood in order to benefit others.

Oh Tara, Protect Us

In this teaching, Thubten Chodron comments on a prayer to the buddha Tara to protect us from the eight dangers.

Practicing for Myself?

A Mahayana Buddhist who is encouraged to practice for the benefit of all sentient being feels like they are only practicing for their own benefit. Venerable Thubten Chodron answers.

"Coq Au Vin," 2015. Illustration by Gary Taxali. Original Artwork Collection of Chef Thomas Keller.

Ethical Conduct Is the Essence of Dharma Practice

The Dalai Lama and Thubten Chodron outline three levels of Buddhist ethical codes and how we can follow them.

Understanding Dukkha

Konin Cardenas, Mark Unno, Thubten Chodron, and Bhikkhu Bodhi examine what dukkha is, why it matters, and how we can approach it in our lives.