This website offers information about Venerable Amy Miller (Lobsang Chodren), a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. Venerable Amy teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world.

Ven. Amy was contacted by the Excellence Reporter to respond to questions they were asking spiritual teachers around the world, “What is the Meaning of Life?”

 November 8, 2016

Finding true meaning in life seems to create a deep resonant inner contentment. So how do we get there? Ask yourself, “When I am deeply happy?” This is not just the glee and enjoyment of a beach holiday or one that comes from tasting delicious chocolate.

The meaning of life, although unique for everyone, in its most luminous unveiling, seems to extend beyond the scope of our own self-interest. It involves a fully open hearted experience to face fear, confusion, and other less than generous states of mind with kindness, patience, acceptance, and humor. Then with this greater understanding, we have the potential to offer a fuller manifestation of our fundamental goodness. It then syncs us with 3 spheres of our existence:

  • individual (our relationship with ourselves),
  • community (our relationship with our families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues), and
  • global (our relationship with the planet).

By moving through our pain, we are better equipped to help others in pain; we are no longer denying and escaping, but being with what is as authentically as we can. It is here that we find our connection with unconditional love.

Retreat Heads Up:

2017- June -Retreat, Land of Joy – UK

United Kingdom: June 16 – 19 Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful, Land of Joy, Greenough, United Kingdom

2018- October -Pilgrimage and Retreat to Lawudo, Nepal

Nepal: October 2018 Pilgrimage and Retreat to Lawudo, Solu Khumbu (Mount Everest region), Nepal – Details and slideshow below.

Retreat Details under 2017 Teaching Schedule tab

Lawudo Pilgrimage and 4-Day Retreat: October 2018

Have you ever had the wish to trek in Nepal or visit pilgrimage sites in the Kathmandu Valley? I am hoping to lead a small group of people in the autumn of 2018 (so you have time to plan!) on this most worthwhile endeavor culminating in a 4-day meditation retreat at Lawudo (see Lawudo.com) in the Solu Khumbu (Mt. Everest) region of Nepal. Click here for more information

Buddhism in a Nutshell new e-book available at http://shop.fpmt.org/Buddhism-in-a-Nutshell-eBook_p_2615.html Also included is a free code for the FPMT Online Learning Center course that contains downloadable audio files of the course as taught by Ven. Amy Miller.

Are you looking for a general overview of the Buddhist path in the Tibetan tradition? Have a look at Buddhism in a Nutshell, an FPMT* publication co-authored by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Venerable Amy Miller. This book includes an 11-hour audio CD of Venerable Amy teaching this course that is part of the FPMT online learning center.

You can order the book here and the online course here.

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Buddhism in a Nutshell


*Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

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