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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

  • Drive All Blames into Oneself

    August 15, 2012

    There’s a slogan in the mahayana teachings that says, “Drive all blames into oneself.” The essence of this slogan is, “When it hurts so bad, it’s because I am hanging...

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  • Getting Unstuck

    August 8, 2012

    We can contact our inner strength, our natural openness, for short periods before getting swept away. And this is excellent, heroic, a huge step in interrupting and weakening our ancient...

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  • The Practice of Compassionate Abiding

    August 1, 2012

    A question that has intrigued me for years is this: how can we start exactly where we are, with all our entanglements, and still develop unconditional acceptance of ourselves instead...

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  • Call for Submissions to the Pema Anthology

    July 27, 2012

    Has Pema’s teaching been important to you? Contribute to a new anthology by those who’ve put her wisdom into action—to benefit the Pema Chodron Foundation. Check out this call for...

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  • Primordial Wisdom

    July 25, 2012

    When we cling to thoughts and memories, we are clinging to what cannot be grasped. When we touch these phantoms and let them go, we may discover a space, a...

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