A Life in the Dharma –  Ven. Thubten Chodron

The Innercraft Podcast
The Innercraft Podcast
A Life in the Dharma –  Ven. Thubten Chodron


In this episode, I’m speaking with Venerable Thubten Chodron. Ven. Chodron ordained as a Buddhist nun 40 years ago and since then has been studying, practicing, and teaching Tibetan Buddhism.

Seeing the importance and necessity of a monastery for Westerners training in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, she founded and is the abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastic community in Washington state.

She has also published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation in multiple languages and has co-authored a book with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In this conversation, we talk about Venerable Chodron’s journey, her teaching method, her view on when one is ready to teach the dharma, qualities to look for in a teacher, the practical application of rebirth, similarities among Buddhist traditions, her view on tantric practice, and more.

Topics Covered

00:00 – Episode Introduction
01:20 – Ven. Chodron’s journey prior to becoming a Buddhist Nun
17:10 – Life Purpose
17:42 – Rebirth: ways to relate and practice this concept
26:48 – Finding a tradition/method, teacher, and community to practice with
41:26 – Starting to teach the dharma: common pitfalls and advice
50:14 – Vision and story behind Sravasti Abbey (Tibetan Buddhist monastery in WA state)
56:15 – How a day looks like in the monastery
1:00:00 – Ven.Chodron’s method of teaching
01:03:40 – Commonalities and differences among Buddhist traditions
01:06:33 – Unique elements of Tibetan Buddhism
01:08:38 – The role of Tantric practice
01:14:06 – Awakening in this lifetime?
01:15:37 – Advice to lay practitioners


To learn and practice with Ven. Thubten Chodron, check her content, and live events on her websites:

To support your practice, we have also created the following resources:

Music by DJ Taz Rashid:


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