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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 Beginning of Growing Up

    January 9, 2013

    Opening to the world begins to benefit ourselves and others simultaneously. The more we relate with others, the more quickly we discover where we’re blocked. Seeing this is helpful, but...

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  • Humor and Openness

    January 2, 2013

    Learning how to be kind to ourselves is important. When we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter...

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  • Discover the Genuine Heart of Sadness

    December 26, 2012

    Bodhichitta is our heart—our wounded, softened heart. Now, if you look for that soft heart that we guard so carefully—if you decide that you’re going to do a scientific exploration...

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  • Dissolving Our Self-Importance

    December 19, 2012

    The fixed idea that we have about ourselves as solid and separate from each other is painfully limiting. It is possible to move through the drama of our lives without...

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  • Training with Uncertainty

    December 12, 2012

    Many of us prefer practices that will not cause discomfort, yet at the same time we want to be healed. But bodhichitta training doesn’t work that way. A warrior accepts...

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