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Ven. Thubten Chodron teaching at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute

From the 21st to the 25th of April, we will have the opportunity to meet Ven. Thubten Chodron, author of many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, among which, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, co-authored with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ven. Thubten Chodron is one of the most qualified Westerners to give insight into applying the Buddhist teachings in our daily lives and to make them a source of inspiration for everyone willing to grow and improve, thanks to her strong communication skills and her practical experience.
The program of the visit includes two appointments:
From the 21st to the 25th of April – teachings on Disarming the Mind: Working with anger for a happier life.
In the afternoon of the 25th of April, on the anniversary of the Liberation Day in Italy and on the occasion of a local festivity, the program includes a public talk, in which Ven. Thubten Chodron will involve the audience in a dynamic and interactive workshop on Living with an Open Heart: Caring for Our Emotions.

Can we use upsetting emotions and difficult situations as growth material to improve the quality of our lives and of those around us?
Can we take disturbing feelings and transform them into causes of happiness?


It requires a lot of courage and determination, but this delicate alchemy is possible, buddhists and scientists alike reassure us.
When we’re overwhelmed by negative emotions, such as anger, we lose control of our bodies, speech, and minds. These disturbing states of mind have the power to distort reality and draw us into harmful behavior, creating suffering for ourselves and those around us.

Venerable Thubten Chodron guides us into shining the light of awareness on the subject of anger, familiarizing ourselves with this mental affliction, the way it manifests in our lives, and the remedies that we can skillfully apply to cure our minds from it.

We are invited to take responsability for our mental attitudes, overcoming the habit of blaming others and victimizing ourselves, and to develop a steady and strong mind, undisturbed by criticism, pain or any unpleasant circumstance.

So that we can grow in love, compassion and tolerance, be happier and make the world a better place to live in.


Friday April 21st
8.30 pm – 9.30 pm – Introduction

From Saturday to Tuesday April 25th, until 12.30 pm

7.00 am- 8.00 am morning meditation (guided by a member of the Sangha of the Institute)
10.00 am – 12.30 pm teachings
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm workshop
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm meditation (guided by a member of the Sangha of the Institute)

All through the day, I me mine (…)

All through the night, I me mine (…)

All I can hear, I me mine (…)

Even those tears, I me mine (…)

… the Beatles sang back in the 70’s, but these lyrics bear a timeless, universal truth. We experience life from a self-centered position and this is the source of all our sufferings. How can we overcome this condition, opening up our hearts to others and developing a feeling of connectedness, through lasting kindness and compassion? How can we liberate ourselves from this self-created “prison” and increase our inner freedom?

On April 25th, Italy’s Liberation Day, we are grateful to have Venerable Thubten Chodron suggest some wise practical answers to us, in her profound, yet humorous style. During the workshop, she will be touching on how:

  • Our emotions (both positive and negative) impact our bodily and mental experience

  • Our self-centered attitude creates separation from others

  • A judging mind prevents us from opening our heart

  • We don’t have to believe everything we think

  • Helping others means helping ourselves

The conference is organised as part of the local festivities dedicated to the Italian Liberation, and the participation is upon free offer.

The event will take place in the afternoon, the time is still to be confirmed.


Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery 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.

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 has co-authored a book with His Holiness the Dalai Lama—Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions. Her latest book is Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, and her Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind are widely recommended introductory books.

Visit for a media library of her teachings, and to learn more about the Abbey.


21 April 2017 | 20:30
25 April 2017 | 18:30
Offerta minima consigliata
€ 60


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