Approaching the Buddhist Path

20 June 2019
  • Day:Thursday
  • Time:7.00PM - 9.00PM
  • No of Sessions:1
  • Duration:2 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library
  • Event Speaker:Venerable Thubten Chodron
  • or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Contribution:By donation
  • How might the Buddha’s teachings be relevant to a modern audience, especially for people who weren’t raised in a Buddhist culture or family? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares from Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first book in a multi-volume series, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion, coauthored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Join Venerable Chodron as she presents the Dalai Lama’s clear and practical teachings on the stages of the path to awakening for a Western audience, helping us to experience the relevance of the Buddha’s liberating message in our lives.


    Note: There is no Tuesday evening teaching on 18th June. We will have Venerable Thubten Chodron on Thursday 20th June, 7pm – 9pm.


    Teacher Profile

    Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, one of the first Tibetan Buddhist training monasteries for Western nuns and monks in the US. She graduated from UCLA, and did graduate work in education at USC. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, she has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. She received full ordination as a bhikshuni in 1986.

    Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and is currently co-authoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a multi-volume series of teachings on the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. The second volume, The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, was published May 2018. Visit for a media library of her teachings, and to learn more about Sravasti Abbey.


    All Sessions by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.

    Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course.