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Pema Chödrön is America's best-loved Western Buddhist nun. Her inspirational books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart, have changed the lives of many. Visit here to read her biography, watch videos of her talks, and see a full listing of books by her, as well as information on ordering them.


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Pema Chödrön

  • That Bird's Got My Wings

    July 3, 2013

    One of my favorite stories about Jarvis Masters [a prison inmate currently sentenced to death row, who took vows as a Buddhist from behind bars] was when he unintentionally helped...

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  • Connect with Groundlessness

    June 26, 2013

    None of us wants to be miserable; we all want to be happy. But we can’t achieve this aim is we stay stuck in biased, narrow-minded thinking. No matter how...

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  • Our Responsibility to Open

    June 19, 2013

    These days the world really needs people who are willing to let their hearts, their bodhicitta, ripen. There’s such widespread devastation and suffering: people are being run over by tanks...

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  • Communication Without Agenda

    June 12, 2013

    If we really want to communicate, we have to give up knowing what to do. When we come in with our agendas, they only block us from seeing the person...

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  • Compassion Takes Courage

    June 5, 2013

    Just as nurturing our ability to love is a way of awakening bodhichitta, so also is nurturing our ability to feel compassion. Compassion, however, is more emotionally challenging
    than loving-kindness because...

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