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Venerable Thubten Chodron

BunksBunks Australia Veteran

So I have decided I am going to fly to Singapore in December to see Venerable Thubten Chodron for a few days. She is teaching over there for a week.

As my wife said (rather ironically) "you only live once".

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  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    So what tradition is she in? Is it like a retreat situation?

    PS James Bond said you only live twice. :p

    RuddyDuck9
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    She is an American Nun in the Gelug Tibetan tradition. I have been following her as my primary teacher for a couple of years now.....

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @Bunks I have fond memories of the Singapore of the early 1970s, exotic. exciting, dirty, street markets, open sewers, and rats galore...Now it's a modern well kept concrete jungle city...

    Are your whole family going ?

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Sounds wonderful.
    How exciting ... <3 ... in a completely detached sort of way of course ...

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    @Bunks I have fond memories of the Singapore of the early 1970s, exotic. exciting, dirty, street markets, open sewers, and rats galore...Now it's a modern well kept concrete jungle city...

    Are your whole family going ?

    No. Just me @shoshin.

    I spent a few days there on my honeymoon and actually didn't particularly like it. Especially after ten days in beautiful Phuket!

    Shoshin
  • @Bunks said:

    As my wife said (rather ironically) "you only live once".

    Hee. I see what you did there.

    federicadhammachickVastmind
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    That's awesome @Bunks! I love her. I follow her on youtube and she is one of my go-to people when I need advice for dealing with the state of the world.

    VastmindRuddyDuck9
  • dhammachickdhammachick crazy Aussie BUJU Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Bunks said:
    So I have decided I am going to fly to Singapore in December to see Venerable Thubten Chodron for a few days. She is teaching over there for a week.

    As my wife said (rather ironically) "you only live once".

    So happy for you my Southern bro _ /\ _

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Thanks guys! :)

  • RuddyDuck9RuddyDuck9 MD, USA Veteran

    Oh I can't wait to hear how your trip went! What a wonderful opportunity for you! Will you be able to speak with TC one on one at all?

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    I hope so @RuddyDuck9. I have been corresponding with one of the nuns at the Abbey and she said to make sure I come and say hi to them after a teaching!

    silverRuddyDuck9
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    I just hope I don't end up like these guys

    lobsterWalkersilver
  • nakazcidnakazcid Somewhere in Dixie, y'all Veteran

    Thubten Chodron's Buddhism for Beginners was my first "real" Buddhist book. It was a great introduction to the religion, and cleared up many questions and misconceptions. I hope you have a wonderful and fulfilling visit.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @nakazcid said:
    Thubten Chodron's Buddhism for Beginners was my first "real" Buddhist book. It was a great introduction to the religion, and cleared up many questions and misconceptions. I hope you have a wonderful and fulfilling visit.

    Thank you.

    The Abbey have said that given I am flying all the way from Oz they'll organise for me to be able to offer lunch or tea to Ven Chodron and spend some one on one time with her.

    I know she is very busy so I appreciate it!

    KeromeShimRuddyDuck9
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    ^^. Maybe get an initiation to do a sadhana or similar?
    http://opcoa.st/0S5gH is one she offers. You'll be a Buddha in no time.

    Such a meeting can inspire and motivate you for years.

    Give her a bit of choccy and money, you'll be fine. Long live the Sangha! B)

    KeromeBunks
  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @Bunks said:> The Abbey have said that given I am flying all the way from Oz they'll organise for me to be able to offer lunch or tea to Ven Chodron and spend some one on one time with her.

    I hope your meeting will be on Youtube. :p

    Bunks
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Ooooh, yeah, that would be something!

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @SpinyNorman said:

    @Bunks said:> The Abbey have said that given I am flying all the way from Oz they'll organise for me to be able to offer lunch or tea to Ven Chodron and spend some one on one time with her.

    I hope your meeting will be on Youtube. :p

    Hopefully it would be a little clearer than some of my earlier YouTube ramblings back in my drinking days! My wife is a patient woman.

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