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Pema Chödrön

Pema ChödrönPema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West today and a leading exponent of meditation and how it applies to everyday life. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey monastery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her bestselling books include When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, and Taking the Leap. 

The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of Pema Chödrön's teachings available on the web, plus related links.

Pema Chödrön in the Shambhala Sun

The Natural Warmth of the Heart

In the difficulties of your life, says Pema Chödrön, you will discover the your natural love and warmth. An excerpt from our November 2009 issue.

Becoming Pema

Andrea Miller on the life and spiritual journey of one Deirdre Blomfield-Brown. An excerpt from our November 2009 issue.

Meditation for Difficult Times

Pema Chödrön on four ways that meditation helps us deal with difficulty.

Waking Up to Your World

Throughout our day we can pause, take a break from our usual thoughts, and wake up to the magic and vastness of the world around us. Pema Chödrön says this easy and spacious type of mindfulness practice is the most important thing we can do with our lives.

Choosing Peace

There is a key moment, says Pema Chodron, when we make the choice between peace and conflict. In this new teaching from her program Practicing Peace in Times of War, she describes the practice we can do at that very moment to bring peace for ourselves, for others, and for the world.

Let's Be Honest

Pema Chodron and Dzigar Kongtrül—a student and her teacher—talk straight about honesty, self-deception, and why the difference is the key to the dharma.

Everybody Loves Something

Bodhicitta is our means to tap into the awakened energy of compassion, says Pema Chodron. "Love and compassion are like the weak spots in the walls of ego. If we connect with even one moment of the good heart of bodhicitta and cherish it, our ability to open will gradually expand."

Holding Your Seat When The Going Gets Rough

Pema Chodron says the most straightforward advice on how to discover your true nature is this: practice not causing harm to anyone neither yourself nor others and every day, do what you can to help.

To Know Yourself is to Forget Yourself

"We might think that knowing ourselves is a very ego-centered thing, says Pema Chodron, but by beginning to look clearly and honestly at ourselves, we begin to dissolve the walls that separate us from others."

Looking into Laziness

Rather than feeling discouraged by laziness, we could get to know laziness profoundly. This very moment of laziness becomes our personal teacher, suggests Pema Chodron.

Six Kinds of Loneliness

To be without a reference point is the ultimate loneliness. It is also called enlightenment.

Stay with the Soft Spot

Pema Chodron on how to awaken bodhichitta—enlightened heart and mind—the essence of all Buddhist practice.

A Bodhicitta Practice

Pema Chodron offers a method for generating love and compassion for all human beings.

The Answer to Anger & Aggression is Patience

We can suppress anger and aggression or act it out, either way making things worse for ourselves and others. Or we can practice patience: wait, experience the anger and investigate its nature. Pema Chodron takes us step by step through this powerful practice.


Turn Your Thinking Upside Down, by Pema Chodron
Cultivating Openness When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron and bell hooks
The Threefold Purity, by Pema Chodron
Good Medicine for This World, by Pema Chodron and Alice Walker
Signs of Spiritual Progress, by Pema Chodron
It Starts with Uncertainty, by Pema Chodron and Margaret Wheatley
Buddhist Meditation is Relaxing with the Truth, by Pema Chodron
The Key to Knowing Ourselves is Meditation, by Pema Chodron
How We Get Hooked and How We Get Unhooked, by Pema Chodron
Lojong: How to Awaken Your Heart, by Pema Chodron
Three Methods for Working with Chaos, by Pema Chodron


Gampo Abbey
The Pema Chodron Foundation

In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times

Edited by the Shambhala Sun's Barry Boyce and being released to coincide with the Urban Retreat, this new book features the greatest contemporary Buddhist teachers and writers—people renowned for addressing precisely the problems we’re facing today—including the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Chögyam Trungpa, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, Norman Fischer, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and many others.

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