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Online Book Club – Vol 3: Samsara, Nirvana and Buddha Nature

Venerable Gyalten Chimé

January 31 - March 20, 2024


On Zoom
Every Wednesday for 8 weeks (January 31-March 20)
6:30 – 8:30pm Pacific Time


About the book

This weekly online book gathering will feature facilitated conversation, discussion and meditation sessions with Buddhist monastic Venerable Chimé.


Knowledge of buddha nature reveals and reconciles the paradox of how the mind can be the basis for both the duhkha of samsara (the unpurified mind) and the bliss and fulfillment of nirvana (the purified mind). To illustrate this, Saṃsāra, Nirvāṇa, and Buddha Nature first takes readers through Buddhist thought on the self, the four truths, and their sixteen attributes. It then explains afflictions—including how they arise and their antidotes—followed by an examination of karma and cyclic existence, and, finally, a deep and thorough elucidation of buddha nature. Saṃsāra, Nirvāṇa, and Buddha Nature shows us how to purify our minds and cultivate awakened qualities.


This is the third volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series on the stages of the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion. Volume 1, Approaching the Buddhist Path, contains introductory material that sets the context for Buddhist practice. Volume 2, The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, describes the important teachings that help us establish a flourishing Dharma practice.


Saṃsāra, Nirvāṇa, and Buddha Nature can be read as the logical next step in this series or enjoyed on its own.


Dive into this brilliant collaboration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s ancient wisdom and modern awareness,  coupled with the editing and framing skills of highly regarded, American nun and Abbess, Venerable Thubten Chodron.



Volume 3 Book can be purchased at:

Wisdom Experience



Or Amazon




Zoom Link will be sent a few days before the Wednesday night class.

About Course Fees 

The collected donation fees include the general operating costs to put on such programs.  Retreat registrations help support the center to keep everything operating, allowing us to invite so many precious teachers, and to hold this precious space of 70+ acres of secluded redwood forest to allow guests to have the quiet, contemplative space to continue spiritual growth.  


Financial Aid/ Scholarships

We want to make the Dharma available to everyone, so no one will be turned away from this wonderful online course.  Simply use the “Pay What You Can” option to sign up for free – offering your time and practice to make this book’s material valuable to to the world.  Additionally, on registration you will find other options, if one would like to “Pay it Forward” to help sponsor others who may not be able to cover the usual operating costs for these programs.


Teacher’s Offerings

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless.  Vajrapani will make an offering to the teacher at the end of the course, and we will share the teacher’s paypal too if others want to donate directly to the teacher.




Venerable Gyalten Chimé
Venerable Gyalten Chimé (Lisa DuPont, M.S.), is an American Buddhist monastic in the Tibetan, Gelug tradition with over 25 years of  experience in study and retreat in Tibetan Buddhism with numerous Tibetan Masters. Ven. Chimé also brings her many years of training & experience in psychology/neuroscience as a school psychologist and is a certified instructor of Emory University’s Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT).
Learn more about Venerable Gyalten Chimé