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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

  • We Can't Just Jump Over Ourselves

    March 20, 2013

    Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope...

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  • Abandon Hope (and Fear)

    March 13, 2013

    Hope and fear is a feeling with two sides. As long as there’s one, there’s always the other. This is the root of our pain. In the world of hope...

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  • Three Bite Practice

    March 6, 2013

    You can do this anytime you eat a meal. Before taking the first bite, just pause and think of those men and women of wisdom and mentally offer them your...

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  • Rejoicement Therapy

    February 27, 2013

    Sentient beings are the cause of our enlightenment. When they bother us, we learn patience; when they’re suffering, we learn loving-kindness and compassion. No matter what reaction they evoke,we can...

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  • Train in the Three Difficulties

    February 20, 2013

    The three difficulties (or the three difficult practices) are:
    1. to recognize your neurosis as neurosis,
    2. then not to do the habitual thing, but to do something different to interrupt the...

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