All sentient beings, human and non-human, are alike: we only want happiness and to avoid suffering. We strive continuously to obtain the things that we think will bring us happiness: a good reputation, delicious food, money, beautiful clothes, gorgeous objects. But when we get these things, we discover that the pleasure they bring is limited. We spend our entire lives trying to find perfect happiness in things that, by their nature, can’t provide it. The key to lasting happiness is generating the determination to be free of the grasping mind always reaching outside ourselves. Looking within, we discover the potential that can be developed for limitless peace, tranquility, and joy.

Join us in warmly welcoming Venerable Khadro for her first visit to Shantideva Center!


Event Fee

Friday: $20/session (Shantideva members: $18)

Saturday: $50/session (Shantideva members: $45)

Sunday: $20/session (Shantideva members: $18)

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact  

About the Teacher

California-born Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974 and is a longtime friend and colleague of Sravasti Abbey founder, Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Ven. Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT center in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008 to 2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Ven. Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages.