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These are books written by Venerable Thubten Chodron. Included here are VCDs, CDs and tapes of some of the meditations and teachings Venerable Chodron has given.
 
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Introduction to Buddhism

The Gradual Path to Enlightenment

Dealing With Emotions

Prayers and Meditation

Tantra

Monastic Life

Dharma booklets printed in Singapore for free distribution

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Living with an Open Heart (2013): How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life
by Russell Kolts, PhD & Ven. Thubten Chodron

"I am especially pleased that this book has been written by a psychologist and Buddhist nun working together. The respective traditions to which they belong are both rich in knowledge and wisdom and have much to share with a learn from each other." From the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Living with an Open Heart contains brief readings which blend Buddhist and western psychology. It thoughtfully presents ideas and techniques drawn from Buddhism, western psychological approaches, as well as the authors' personal experiences in working to develop compassion in their own lives and in their work with others.

Designed to be easy to dip into, this fascinating book is organized into brief chapters to include discussions, reflections and contemplations, personal stories, and specific techniques for deepening compassion.

Each chapter provides fuel for thought and contemplation as the reader goes through his or her day, inspiring their motivation to be compassionate, helping them to understand compassion, and giving them specific methods for applying it in their lives.

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Don't Believe Everything You Think
Living With Wisdom and Compassion (2013)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

It can be hard for those of us living in the 21st century to see how 14th century Buddhist teachings still apply.

Ven. Chodron's illuminating commentary on The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Tibetan yogi Gyalsay Togme Sangpo (1295-1369) doesn’t just explain the profound meaning of this revered text that contains the essential practices leading to enlightenment.

In dozens of passages, her students and colleagues share first-person stories of the ways that its teachings have changed their lives. An excellent book for new Buddhists and non-Buddhists, as well as long-time students of thought training.

Read or listen to an interview with Ven. Chodron by Spokane Faith and Values

Listen to Dharma talks given by Ven. Chodron and Sravasti Abbey monastics on the book (Audio) (Video)

Listen to talks by Ven. Chodron on logic given at Maitripa College

Read Ven. Chodron’s short commentary, The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas (Download for iPhone and iPad) (Available in Bahasa Indonesia)

Chosen as one of the best spiritual books of 2012 by Spirituality and Practiceread review

A joint book launch event was held at Poh Ming Tse Temple, Singapore on Saturday, 21st of December 2013 and it was published in the February 2014 edition of For You magazine

 

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Insight Into Emptiness (2012)
by Khensur Jampa Tegchok.
Edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron

A former abbot of one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, Khensur Jampa Tegchok has been teaching Westerners about Buddhism since the 1970s.

Drawn from a lifetime of practice, Khensur Tegchok unpacks the heart of Buddhist philosophy – the emptiness of all appearances – with precision and clarity.

Engagingly edited by Ven. Chodron, emptiness is here approached from a host of angles beyond most treatments of the subject, while never sacrificing its conversational approach.

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Buddhism for Beginners (2001)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions – beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?” – and provides simple answers in plain English.

Ven. Chodron’s responses to commonly asked questions among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction – as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life.

 Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it’s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you’re looking for.

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Also available in Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Polish and Chinese

Taming the Mind

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Taming the Mind (2004)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron
Foreword by H. H. Dalai Lama

We all wish to gain greater understanding of ourselves and to have good relationships with others.

This ideal follow-up to Ven. Chodron's extremely popular Buddhism For Beginners explains the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology in down-to-earth language, and offers tools for immediate application in our daily life.

By understanding how our mind, not the external world, is the ultimate source of our happiness, we learn to look at people and situations in a new light, practice freeing ourselves from habitually blaming others for our problems, and take responsibility for our lives.

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Also available in Dutch, French and Chinese

Open Heart Clear Mind

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Open Heart, Clear Mind (1990)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron
Foreward by H. H. Dalai Lama

This practical introduction to Buddhism focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life. In a straightforward style with warmth and humor, Ven. Chodron sets forth the fundamental points of the Buddha's teaching on transforming habitual attitudes, working with disturbing emotions, and realizing our full human potential.

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Also available in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese

 

Transforming The Mind

Working with Anger

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Working With Anger (2001)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Anger plagues all of us on a personal, national, and international level. Yet we see people, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who have faced circumstances far worse than many of us have faced – including exile, persecution, and the loss of many loved ones – but who do not burn with rage or seek revenge. How do they do it?
Working with Anger presents a variety of Buddhist methods for subduing and preventing anger not by changing what is happening, but by framing it differently. No matter what our religion, learning to work with our anger is effective for everyone seeking personal happiness as well as world peace.
Chosen as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2001 by Spirituality and Practiceread review

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Also available in German, Italian, French, Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese and Korean

Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage

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Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage: an Explanation of the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas (2005)
By Geshe Jampa Tegchok.
Edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron

An inspiring guide for developing our ability to be happy and benefit others, thiscommentary on The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Gyalsay Togme Sangpo is studied by followers of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
This extraordinary commentary by Khensur Jampa Tegchok clearly explains the popular practice of exchanging oneself with others, so as to develop love and compassion for all living beings. It lays open the methods for doing stabilizing and analytical meditations, and offers an in-depth discussion on the nature of emptiness.
All the essentials are here for transforming our attitudes and developing courage and joy.

Originally published as Transforming the Heart: The Buddhist Way to Joy and Courage(Jan 19, 1999)
Meditation and Prayers

Guided Meditations on the Lamrim

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Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path (2007)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

The lamrim (stages of the path) presentation of Buddhist teachings has become a core topic of study at many Buddhist centers in the West. For busy practitioners, the lamrim gives a concise and comprehensive picture of the Buddhist path leading to awakening.

In this volume, Ven. Chodron provides clear explanations of the stages of the path, while the audio tracks on the accompanying CD contain guided meditations on each of the topics covered in the text.

The meditation teachings of lamrim, says Ven. Chodron, are like ready-made clothes that are easy to wear: they're systematized so that we can wear them right away, so we can learn and practice them in an organized fashion.

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Pearl of Wisdom Book I

Pearl of Wisdom Book II

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Pearl Of Wisdom Book I & Book II
Compiled by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Pearl of Wisdom Book I is a compilation of prayers and practices that are commonly taught to people beginning to study and practice Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition.

Pearl of Wisdom Book II is for those who have already begun the practice of Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition.
Both books contain prayers and practices that are practiced at Sravasti Abbey, and also commonly taught and practiced in the centers of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.

Since our mind, with its various thoughts and emotions, creates and determines what we experience in life, directing it toward realistic and worthwhile subjects is extremely beneficial. By repeatedly training in the practices included in these books under the guidance of a qualified teacher, we will transform our minds and improve the quality of our daily life.

Monastic Life

Choosing Simplicity: a Commentary on the Bhikshuni Pratimoksha (2001)

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Choosing Simplicity: a Commentary on the Bhikshuni Pratimoksha (2001)
by Ven. Wu Yin,
Edited & Introduced by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Choosing Simplicity discusses the precepts and lifestyle of fully ordained nuns within the Buddhist tradition. The ordination vows act as guidelines to promote harmony both within the individual and within the community by regulating and thereby simplifying one's relationships to other sangha members and laypeople, as well as to the needs of daily life.

More than a handbook for a Buddhist monastic life, this text offers guidelines to all who wish to conduct their day-to-day lives more mindfully. Those who have not chosen to dwell in a religious community still need to live peacefully with their neighbors. Being clear about boundaries, motivations, and how others may interpret our actions can be helpful.

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Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun (1999)
Edited & Introduced by Ven. Thubten Chodron

In recent years, Buddhist nuns from Asia and the West have come together to become more active in improving their status in the sangha. At "Life As A Buddhist Nun," the 1996 conference in Dharamsala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama supported this effort of Buddhist nuns to clarify their purpose in taking vows, widening their context, broadening community beyond their own abbeys, and supporting one another on their quest to achieve greater equality.

This book gathers some of the presentations and teachings given at this conference. Coming from many different countries and backgrounds, these women show ways they have found to embrace group practice in an era when most societies extol individualism. Their passion for wisdom will inspire lay practitioners and other nuns seeking the essence of Buddhist practice.

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Tantra

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How To Free Your Mind: Tara The Liberator (2005)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Tara, the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, is a Buddhist deity whose Tibetan name means “liberator,” signaling her ability to free beings from the delusion and ignorance that keep them trapped in recurring patterns of negativity.

She embodies a challenge, but one that is profoundly nurturing: to transform our minds and become like her, reflecting the tranquility, compassion, and wisdom that make her so beautiful.

Ven. Chodron describes a simple meditation on Tara, explaining its benefits and its application to daily life. She also presents two well-loved praises—“Homage to the Twenty-one Taras” and “A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible” – together with reflections on their meanings for modern practitioners.

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Chosen as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005 by Spirituality and Practice – read review

Also available in German, Italian, French and Dutch

Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig

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Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Perhaps the most widely known and loved deity throughout the Buddhist world, Chenrezig -- also known as Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin, or Kannon -- is the Buddha of Compassion. Buddhists turn to Chenrezig for protection, friendship, and inspiration on a daily basis.

In this book, which has received high praise from monastics and lay Buddhist scholars alike, Ven. Chodron lays out a useful manual on the Tibetan Buddhist yoga of Chenrezig. Based not only on scriptural but also oral teachings, her commentary is comprehensive and practical.

Also available in Chinese

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Heruka Body Mandala

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Heruka Body Mandala Sadhana and Tsog and Commentary
Commentary by Lati Rinpoche
Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa
Transcribed and edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron

IMPORTANT: To be read only by those who have received empowerment into Heruka Body Mandala.

 

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Transforming Our Daily Activities

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Transforming our Daily Activities
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Spiritual practice need not be separated from the seemingly mundane activities of daily life.

This book teaches you how to lead a more fulfilling life according to the Buddha's teachings and transform your daily activities into acts of compassion and loving-kindness. You can live and breathe the Dharma even while at work, driving or doing grocery shopping!

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I Wonder Why (English and Chinese versions)
by Ven. Thubten Chodron
Chinese translation by Tu Bing-Zhong

Are you bogged down by life’s many challenges? Ever wondered what Buddhism says about romantic love, marriage, divorce, homosexuality, premarital sex and abortion?

In this book, Ven. Chodron tackles these and other issues, giving clear and succinct answers to the many challenges we face in modern life, from terrorist attacks, natural disasters and global warming, to dealing with the loss of loved ones from terminal illnesses and suicide.

The Path to Happiness

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The Path to Happiness
by Ven. Thubten Chodron

This book is a compilation of Dharma talks that Ven. Chodron gave at the Jade Buddha Temple in Houston, Texas on practical Buddhism in daily life, dealing with anxiety, and Buddhism in modern society.

Also available in Spanish

 

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Preparing for Ordination: Reflections for Westerners Considering Monastic Ordination in the Western Buddhist Tradition
Edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron

The decision to take monastic ordination is an important one, and to make it wisely, one needs information. In addition, one needs to reflect over a period of time on many diverse aspects of one's life, habits, aspirations, and expectations.

The better-prepared one is before ordaining, the easier the transition from lay to monastic life will be, and the more comfortable and joyous one will be as a monastic.

This booklet, with articles by Asian and Western monastics, is designed to inform and to spark that reflection in non-Tibetans who are considering monastic ordination in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

A Chat about Heruka

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A Chat about Heruka
By Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron

IMPORTANT: To be read only by those with full initiation into the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Chakrasamvara or Vajrayogini.

 

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A Chat about Yamantaka
By Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron

IMPORTANT: To be read only by those with full initiation into the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Yamantaka (Dorje Jigje).

 

Audio-Visual Materials

Open Heart Clear Mind

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Timeless Wisdom: Being the Knowing (2013)
By Ven. Thubten Chodron and Ajahn Amaro

In 1995, Ajahn Amaro from Amaravati Monastery in the UK and Ven. Chodron gave a talk together entitled “Timeless Wisdom: Being the Knowing.” They discuss Buddhist meditation and philosophy, and also relate how they found their way to Buddhism and monastic life.

Both Ven. Chodron and Ven. Amaro are heads of their own monasteries, have lectured and taught around the world, and have published many books. This talk, along with some recent short teachings, is now available on DVD.

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Audio and video of teachings and meditations by Ven. Chodron
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Recommended Reading List compiled by Ven. Chodron:
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