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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 Dream of Constant Okayness

    September 19, 2012

    It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty...

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  • Your Fixed Identity

    September 12, 2012

    In Buddhism we call the notion of a fixed identity “ego clinging.” It’s how we try to put solid ground under our feet in an ever-shifting world. Meditation practice starts...

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  • Equanimity

    September 5, 2012

    The traditional image for equanimity is a banquet to which everyone is invited. That means that everyone and everything, without exception, is on the guest list. Consider your worst enemy...

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  • Think of Others

    August 29, 2012

    Sharing the heart is a simple practice that can be used at any time and in every situation. It enlarges our view and helps us remember our interconnection.
    The essence of...

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  • Wanting to Be Right

    August 22, 2012

    We feel that we have to be right so that we can feel good. We don’t want to be wrong because then we’ll feel bad. But we could be more...

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