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Founder & Abbess - Venerable Thubten Chodron

"Venerable Chodron has been dreaming to establish this Abbey for so many eons... so now it happens, now it's actualized, and I think it's very wonderful."

  Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Venerable Thubten Chodron
(en EspaƱol)

Establishing Sravasti Abbey fulfills a long-held vision for Venerable Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron to share the Buddha's teachings with Western sangha, training in the monastic code, doing prayers and practices in English, and incorporating the best elements of Western society, including gender equality and using technology to spread the Dharma.

Venerable Chodron is particularly qualified to teach Western monastics. A native of the U.S., she trained in Asia for many years. In her thirty plus years of ordained life, Venerable Chodron has lived in several monastic communities in Asia and in the West. She brings her wisdom from these experiences to shape the growing monastic community at Sravasti Abbey.

In addition to being Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, Ven. Chodron is an author of many books and teaches around the world. Her teachings are available on the web in audio and video formats.

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