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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

  • The Empty Boat

    April 24, 2013

    There’s a Zen story in which a man is enjoying himself on a river at dusk. He sees another boat coming down the river toward him. At first it seems...

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  • Contacting Pain

    April 17, 2013

    When you contact the all-worked-up feeling of shenpa [getting hooked on a negative emotion], the basic instruction is the same as in dealing with physical pain. Whether it’s a feeling...

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  • The Present Moment is Our Ally

    April 10, 2013

    We might also ask, Given my present situation, how long should I stay with uncomfortable feelings? This is
    a good question, yet there is no right answer. We simply get accustomed...

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  • The Path is Curiosity

    April 3, 2013

    The path of meditation and the path of our lives altogether has to do with curiosity, inquisitiveness. The ground is ourselves; we’re here to study ourselves and to get to...

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  • Throwing Hot Coals Will Burn You

    March 27, 2013

    We act out because, ironically, we think it will bring us some relief. We equate it with happiness. Often there is some relief, for the moment. When you have an...

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