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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

  • Abandon Any Hope of Fruition

    July 18, 2012

    “Fruition” implies that at some future time you will feel good. One of the most powerful Buddhist teachings is that as long as you are wishing for things to change...

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  • How to Defeat Fear

    July 11, 2012

    Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was...

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  • Worldwide ‘Practicing Peace’ Birthday Retreat with Pema Chödrön

    July 5, 2012

    Pema Chodron is in retreat for all of 2012, but for one day--her birthday, July 14--she would like people around the world to join her for a day of practicing...

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  • The Perfection of Patience

    July 4, 2012

    Patience is not learned in safety. It is not learned when everything is harmonious and going well. When everything is smooth sailing, who needs patience? If you stay in your...

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  • Unconditional Openness

    June 27, 2012

    The peace that we are looking for is not peace that crumbles as soon as there is difficulty or chaos. Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a...

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