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Online: Compassion for a Happier Mind

May 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Compassion for a Happier Mind
with Ven. Thubten Chodron

A Dharma sharing and fundraising event to support earthquake relief in Turkey.  Read Bridge to Turkey’s Earthquake Report.

Wednesday, May 29

11 am – 12 pm Pacific Time

Hosted on Zoom with simultaneous translation into Turkish

Abbess teaches.

The question of “How to be happy?” has occupied our minds for centuries. Stanford Compassion Ambassador Didem Ergin will moderate a discussion with Venerable Thubten Chödrön exploring various questions such as “How do we live a precious life without wasting it? What role does the notion of happiness play in living a more meaningful life? Does having a compassionate heart-mind make one happy?”

The conversation will take place online (via Zoom) and will be in English with the option to listen to simultaeous translation on a Turkish channel.

The purpose of the event is two-fold: to serve Dharma practitioners to understand the connection with happiness, and to provide funds to the Turkish earthquake zone. Last year, 7.8-magnitude earthquakes took place in Hatay and 10 other provinces in southern Turkey, killing more than 50,000 people.

This event is hosted by Dönüşen Zihin Platform. Further info is here www.donusenzihin.com

Didem Ergin (the host) will ask people to make a donation of any amount to World Human Relief that is involved with earthquake relief in Turkey and send in the donation receipt to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Dönüşen Zihin uses a “donate as you can afford” policy. 

In order to complete your registration, they kindly ask you (if possible) to make DIRECT donations to one of below organizations of your choice. Limited sponsorship is available. Both dedicated organizations mentioned below work for the region.

For Turkish-speaking audience

1-   Please make a donation DIRECTLY to the World Human Relief Association. This is an honorary system; please keep in mind to be generous. 

2-   Iban: TR34 0006 4000 0011 1200 6316 41, Hesap Adı: Dünya İnsani Dayanışma Derneği, AÇIKLAMA kısmına BAĞIŞ yazınız.

3-   Once you receive your payment receipt please send it to [email protected].

4-   Then, Dönüşen Zihin will send you your Zoom participation link/invitation.

For English-speaking audience 

1-   Please make a donation DIRECTLY to Bridge to Turkey (BTF) fund which is a non profit organization working in the  earthquake  region https://bridgetoturkiye.org/donation-menu/ 

This is an honorary system; please keep in mind to be generous. 

2-   E-mail the screenshot of your donation to [email protected].

3-   Then, Dönüşen Zihin will send your Zoom participation link/invitation via email.

More about the teacher

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, Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She received full ordination as a bhikshuni in 1986.

She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, including seven volumes (so far) in The Library of Wisdom and Compassion, co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she has studied for nearly forty years.

Venerable Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her warm, practical, and humorous explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. Learn more about her. Find a media library of her teachings and info on her books on her personal website, ThubtenChodron.org.


May 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT