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Singapore: Ven. Thubten Chodron Returns

December 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - December 23, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST

Friends of Sravasti Abbey Singapore and Multiple Venues host

Ven. Thubten Chodron Returns:
Live Teachings in Singapore

December 10-23 & January 7

Ven. Chodron returns to share the Dharma in Singapore for the first time since 2019! Join her for talks at multiple venues.


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Dec 10 & 11 (Sat and Sun)

“The Four Close Placements of Mindfulness” – Free admission

10:00am – 4:00pm

Amitabha Buddhist Centre
44 Lorong 25A Geylang,
Singapore 388244.
Tel: 6745 8547

There’s no better way to end the year than by focusing our minds on what truly matters. Instead of losing our minds in sense pleasure, spend your weekend with Venerable Thubten Chodron and investigate how our body, feelings, mind, and phenomena actually exist. With more clarity and wisdom, we’ll be able to set clear priorities and create the causes for a meaningful new year.

Dec 13 & 14 (Tues and Wed)

“Searching for the Self” – Free admission

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Amitabha Buddhist Centre
44 Lorong 25A Geylang,
Singapore 388244.
Tel: 6745 8547

Who am I, and how do I exist? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for two thought-provoking talks that will challenge how we see ourselves and the world. She will unpack Buddhist views on the nature of reality based on Searching for the Self, Volume 7 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion, a multi-volume series on the stages of the path to awakening by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Dec 16 (Fri)

“Practicing the Dharma in Difficult Times”

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Registration Required: https://vtcbl.eventbrite.sg

The Buddhist Library
No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road,
Singapore 398526.
Tel: 6746 8435

If the Dharma works, why am I still suffering? Well, don’t throw in the towel just yet. Venerable Thubten Chodron explains how to take the difficulties that are part of life in cyclic existence into our spiritual practice. By following the Buddha’s teachings, we can transform whatever challenges we face into the causes for personal growth, liberation, and awakening.

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Dec 17 (Sat)

“Finding Your Purpose in Life”

10:30am – 12:00pm

Registration Required: https://www.sbm.sg/upcoming-events

Singapore Buddhist Mission
9 Ruby Lane
Singapore 328284
Tel: 6299 7216.

Go to a good school, get a good job, find a good spouse, raise good children. Is that the primary meaning and purpose of our lives? Venerable Thubten Chodron speaks especially to youths and young working adults on how to look inside our hearts and discover what we can contribute to the world with joy, instead of getting swept up in the stream of social pressures and expectations.

Book launch: “In Praise of Great Compassion”

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Registration Required: https://tinyurl.com/b5n7ddpr

Poh Ming Tse Temple
438 Dunearn Road
Singapore 289613.
Tel: 6466 0785.

Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches from In Praise of Great Compassion, Volume 5 of The Library and Wisdom and Compassion, a multi-volume series on the stages of the path to awakening by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She explains how we can open our hearts to others and generate compassion, joy, and fortitude to make our lives meaningful by benefitting all beings.

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Dec 18 (Sun)

“Live Each Day with Loving-Kindness” – Free Admission

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Buddhist Fellowship West
2 Telok Blangah Street 31
#02-00 Yeo’s Building
Singapore 108942
Tel: 6278 0900

It might be easy to wish for ourselves and others to be well and happy on the meditation cushion. But can we generate loving-kindness when things don’t go our way? Or do we beat ourselves up for making mistakes and blame others for our problems? Venerable Thubten Chodron offers practical tips on how to bring loving-kindness into the ups and downs of our daily lives and interpersonal relationships.

“Lama Tsongkhapa Day Talk and Puja” – Free Admission

3:30pm – 6:00pm

Amitabha Buddhist Centre
44 Lorong 25A Geylang,
Singapore 388244.
Tel: 6745 8547

Each year, Tibetan Buddhists commemorate the life and contributions of the great Tibetan master Lama Tsongkhapa on the anniversary of his passing into parinirvana. Venerable Thubten Chodron will offer an hour-long talk on Lama Tsongkhapa and his teachings, which will be followed by a celebratory prayer session.

Dec 19 & 20 (Mon & Tues)

“Free Yourself from Attachment”: Teachings on Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds” – Free admission

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Pureland Marketing
29 Geylang Lorong 29 #04-01/02
Singapore 388078
Tel: 6743 3337

Venerable Thubten Chodron continues her annual teachings on the Indian sage Shantideva’s classic text, Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds. A revered Buddhist poem written in India around 700 CE, its ten chapters outline the development of bodhicitta, the awakened mind that seeks the liberation and enlightenment of all beings.

In these talks, Venerable Thubten Chodron continues teaching on Chapter 8, on the far-reaching practice of concentration. Developing this stable, clear, and blissful mental state enables spiritual practitioners to focus on any object, especially virtuous attitudes that are essential for accomplishing our own benefit and that of others.

Dec 22 (Thurs)

“Healing from the Heart” – Free admission

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, Level 4
Hall of No Form
88 Bright Hill Road
Singapore 574117
Tel: 6849 5326

While modern medicine has made disease prevention and treatment possible, what about the age-old afflictions of ignorance, attachment, and anger that continue to plague our minds? In this talk, Venerable Thubten Chodron will teach about genuine healing that begins with cultivating a kind heart.

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Dec 23 (Fri)

“Why Aspire for Rebirth in Pure Land?” – Free admission

7:45pm – 9:15pm

Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre
20 Lorong 27A Geylang
Singapore 388112.
Tel: 6748 5132

Where is Amitabha’s Pure Land, and what is life like there? Why would Buddhists aspire to be reborn in such a place? Venerable Thubten Chodron addresses questions and doubts that may arise about the Pure Land practice that is popular in East Asia and also practiced within the Tibetan tradition.

Jan 7 2023 (Sat)

“Stopping the War Within Ourselves” – Free admission

7:30pm – 9:00pm

Tibetan Buddhist Centre
281 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208944
Tel: 6291 1089

What can we do, if anything, to stop conflicts and suffering in the world? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches how our greatest contribution to world peace starts with taming our own minds and bringing harmony to our family, workplace, and society.

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.


December 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am PST
December 23, 2022 @ 9:00 pm PST
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