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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

  • Leaving the Nest

    December 5, 2012

    All too frequently we relate like timid birds who don’t dare to leave the nest. Here we sit in a nest that’s getting pretty smelly and that hasn’t served its...

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  • Remaining Like a Log

    November 28, 2012

    The practice of “remaining like a log” is based on refraining, not repressing. When you realize you’re thinking, just acknowledge that. Then turn your attention to your breath flowing in...

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  • Steady as a Log

    November 21, 2012

    Emotional turmoil begins with an initial perception—a sight, sound, thought—which gives rise to a feeling of comfort or discomfort. This is the subtlest level of shenpa, the subtlest stage of...

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  • Our Whole Life Could Be a Ritual

    November 14, 2012

    We could learn to stop when the sun goes down and when the sun comes up. We could learn to listen to the wind; we could learn to notice that...

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  • Heartfelt Ritual

    November 7, 2012

    Genuine, heartfelt ritual helps us reconnect with power and vision as well as with the sadness and pain of the human condition. When the power and vision come together, there’s...

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