Happy Birthday Pema Chödrön!

Pema Chodron

We are proud to be Pema Chödrön’s publisher, and we want to give you the chance to wish her a happy 82nd birthday this July 14th.

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619 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Pema Chödrön!”

  • Patricia

    Happy Birthday Perma!!
    We share the same birthday!
    You have been such an inspiration to me! I am home bound with spinal cord injury and your tapes have kept me going! Have a great day!
    Pat Jackson ( 71 )

    • Deborah Orostin
      Deborah Orostin July 10, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Dear Pema and Patricia -
      I also share being born on your auspicious birthdate!
      To Pema, Thank you for contributing your gifts and insights to inspire humanity. Your life’s dedication is honored and encouraging.
      To Patricia, Reading that you are staying positive through your injury is empowering. May you continue to heal with happiness!
      Best wishes!

    • Bonne Roemhildt
      Bonne Roemhildt July 11, 2018 at 9:36 am

      Happy Happy Birthday Pema.
      I have followed you for years and am immensely grateful for the wisdom teachings you generously give. Wishing you health and increased blessings in your new age.

    • Arlene Herman

      Your words, voice and life lessons have
      Brought me to Shambhala. You are my touchstone.
      Happy Birthday

    • Annie

      Dear Pema,
      I’m sending you love and heartfelt gratitude. I discovered your teachings when I was very ill. You’ve helped me learn how to live with my chronic health condition rather than fight against it. Your words continue to inspire me every day to find new ways to open to life. I wish you much joy and peace. Happy Birthday!

  • Robert L. Weiss, L.I.C.S.W., C.A.S.

    Your written work, and your lectures make everyday a birthday. Your ability to go back and forth between concrete and abstract examples of the teachings allow me to re-read and re-listen many times. I keep learning something new each time. I invite family, friends, and clients to your work as well. I say to you each day: Thank you. May each day be your birthday.

  • Paula Peterson, MSC, LPC
    Paula Peterson, MSC, LPC July 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Dearest Pema Chodron, I am so grateful for your teachings that have guided me over 30 years and served as gifts to share with friends and clients. I find that Buddhist approaches are often more effective & powerful than those I studied in western psychology. Since my first exposure to When Things Fall Apart, I have felt much love for you. Wishing you a most happy birthday! Paula Peterson

  • lozang pema

    from one pema to another, thank you for everything you bring to the world.

  • Carol Reins

    Peace to you as for all the peace you have given me!

  • Nina Coil

    Happiest of happy birthdays Pema. You bring so much joy, relief, insight and inspiration into the world. I have shared your work with others - women at the Women's Lunch Place for the Homeless in Boston, as well as family and friends. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!

    • Cheryl Visconti
      Cheryl Visconti July 10, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Happy Birthday Pema! Thank you for sharing your wisdom; it has helped me so much in life!
      -cheryl :) :) :)

  • Dottie Branch

    I have all your books and your tapes!! I've seen you, I've enjoyed listening to you and taking in your meditations. I love you and I wish to never be in the world without you!! Happy 82nd Pema!!

  • Ludovic Pujol aka Yéshé Jampa Nyingpo Tséring Sengué Karpo
    Ludovic Pujol aka Yéshé Jampa Nyingpo Tséring Sengué Karpo July 10, 2018 at 2:51 am

    A very wonderful birthday to you great mother of knowledge and insight! Thank so very much for giving westerners a clear understanding of the Buddha Dharma with such generosity and loving kindness...
    May you live long and healthy for the good of the Buddha Dharma and the huge need of every sentient beings.

  • mc

    all our very best wishes to you Ani Pema and we'll never have enough time in this life to thank you properly for all your teaching, you change our lives.
    mc and jp

  • Martin Boldt

    Dear Ani La, thanks a lot that You share with us your deep understanding of the precious teachings of our teachers. You have this wonderful ability to put the truth in simple sounding words. It's always encouraging for me to read your books or even just a heart advice.
    May you live Long and healthy.!

  • sima hashemifar

    Dear Pema, Your teachings have been instrumental for me and whom I have had the chance to encounter in life. I admire your humility, wisdom, honesty, and sense of humor. May you always stay well especially during this challenging teaching moment for Shambhala. With all my love, gratitude & respect

  • D.Kristen Herrington
    D.Kristen Herrington July 10, 2018 at 3:07 am

    every year we're reminded to find the joy in life by having a joyous time on our birthday. and so i offer my hope that you will enjoy this day, your birthday, for the whole year 'round! have a very happy birthday! ^_^

  • claudia schmitt
    claudia schmitt July 10, 2018 at 3:08 am


  • Selim Anwar

    Happy Birthday. Also, thank you for your guidance.

  • Carol

    Thank you, Pema, for being,

  • Rachael Ball

    Dear Pema, have a wonderful birthday.
    I stumbled across you after my Mum died You really helped me when I was carrying the grief so heavily. I always turn to one of your books or listen to you on YouTube when I m feeling troubled and I'm always left so reassured and calm. Thank you a 100 times and more!!! Lots of love xxx Rachael

  • Emma

    Blessings and Joy, and much, much gratitude Ani Pema

  • Barry Geltman
    Barry Geltman July 10, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Happy Birdle Dirdle!

  • David S. Thaler
    David S. Thaler July 10, 2018 at 3:24 am

    many thanks and hopes

  • Almira Ravil

    Every time I encounter people who are going through a hard time I refer them to your teachings. Your family is growing bigger and bigger every day as I am sure I am not the only one doing this. I am so grateful I discovered you many years ago. My life has become so much MORE because of you being part of it. Your sense of humor and lightness you bring to your teachings are priceless. The idea of being on a path so that I can be of service to others brings meaning to my life. Happy Birthday! And a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  • Tracy Novak

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday! Thank you for all the teachings over the years. I’ve listened to you on audio and feel like I’ve sat in the room with you. You have helped me so much.

  • Rosemary Viswanath
    Rosemary Viswanath July 10, 2018 at 3:25 am

    happy birthday Pema, and may you contineu to share your wisdom and compassion with all of us for a long long time
    RV India

  • Alex

    Hello Pema and Happy Birthday! hope that your year ahead brings lots of good things, love and peace ... you have really helped me in my life, your thoughts and lovely voice has helped me in the storms and doldrums of life, navigating a true life path xxx you are amazing! Namaste, Alex

  • marilyn magazin
    marilyn magazin July 10, 2018 at 3:26 am

    I send you wonderful thoughts and love from Toulouse, France, Dear Pema. You have always been an inspiration for me, through your writings, although we have not yet met in this life.

  • Laura

    Thank you for your inspiring, rich and generous teachings.

  • Marcello

    Happy birthday!
    I am really grateful for your all your work. Your books really helped me a lot, I like to share this!
    Have a wonderful day!

    PAUL F CHARRON July 10, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Happy Birthday Pema.
    You are an inspiration to many world-wide because you speak from experience and your words are wise with love.
    Thank you and have many more wonderful birthdays.

  • Joan Liles

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Pema! Your books have meant so much to me over the years. Thank you. Enjoy your day!
    Joan Liles

  • Pawa Dorje

    Dear Pema,

    Happy Birthday and thank you for all your inspiration and great work you've done so far. May you stay safe and be free from suffering



  • Corinna Goebert
    Corinna Goebert July 10, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Hi Pema, all The best for your Birthday! You are a Great Inspiration for my life. Love, Corinna

  • Christopher Szendroi
    Christopher Szendroi July 10, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Thank you Pema Chodron for your words of inspiration which continue to spark our wisdom.

  • Jyly

    Happy Birthday dearest, loving and respected Pema ... your gentle teachings are inspirational and transformative. Love flows to you in abundance. Thank you for your tranquil presence and delightful humour. Much love eternally ...

  • Darren Duvall
    Darren Duvall July 10, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Happy Birthday!!

  • Karen

    Blessings, blessings, blessings

  • Richard Flack
    Richard Flack July 10, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Happy birthday Pema

    You have a fantastic knack for explaining things in a simple way thank you for being an inspiration and have a wonderful day

  • Heather Reynolds
    Heather Reynolds July 10, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Happiest of Birthdays to someone who is a gift to the world. xo

  • Tiffany parisi
    Tiffany parisi July 10, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Happy Birthday Pema!!
    Thankyou for your wisdom

  • Tiffany

    Happy Birthday Pema!!
    Thankyou for your wisdom

  • viveka angel

    Happy Birthday Ani Pema. I hope you have a very happy and relaxing day.
    You are such an inspiration to me. I so appreciate your humour, down to earth writings and heartfelt compassion. Namaste.

  • Kris Ayalla

    Many blessings to you on your 82nd birthday! Thank you for your conscious sharings.

  • Alison

    Happy Birthday Pema Chodron! I so 'get' you and your 'pearls of wisdom'... Thank you for caring and sharing... Sending you love

  • Carolyn Moody
    Carolyn Moody July 10, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Happy Birthday Pema! You have no idea how much your words have supported, inspired and encourage me. Reading and re-reading your books has been like having my own wise guide and teach at my side. I thank you form the bottom of my heart for being there.

  • Vikki

    Pema, one of my many spectacular joys in my life was meeting you and Tim at Omega in May. Easily as wonderful was reconnecting with my dear friend Barbara at the retreat.

    Hug yourself and those with you on your next celebration of life. Until next time,


  • Dorothy

    Happy Birthday Pema. Thanks for making your knowledge available to everyone through your wonderful teachings.

  • Johanna Blows

    Wishing you a wonderful 82nd birthday! (You're just 3 years ahead of me!) May your writing and teaching reach into the hearts of all!

  • Lauren D'Andrea
    Lauren D'Andrea July 10, 2018 at 4:01 am


    When I was in my darkest moments and my own worst enemy, your books guided me to self-worth, love, compassion, and patience. Without reading The Places That Scare You and Start Where You Are, I don’t know where I’d be right now. Today, I use the lessons I learned in my own practice and in my work with others.

    To an amazing person and guide, happiest and healthiest of loving birthdays!!!!

  • Eduardo Ojero
    Eduardo Ojero July 10, 2018 at 4:02 am

    Very happy Birthday!
    As Vulcanians of Star Trek say, live long and prosper!
    Dear Pema, continue awakening and enligthening us for many more years!
    With all my gratitude!

  • Lena Kristiansen
    Lena Kristiansen July 10, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Gratulerer med 82-års dagen! Your relational language and integration of old wisdom with everyday beeing is lovely. Ubuntu.

  • jo

    WoW! just WOW Pema!
    I thank you deeply for being here on this magnificent orb revealing your brilliance in order for buckled female sentients (like me) to regain our competence to surf the skills necessary for deeper resonance, healthy survival and hopeful duration. 3 Bows, 3 Tears and 3 Hugs on your continuation day dear Bhikkhuni. I'm blessed by our timing. Sending you a wish on the wind xxx

  • Ros

    You are such an inspiration! Please keep going. A fellow July baby!

    • Linda

      Happy Birthday, Ani Pema! Thank you for all the teachings you share with us. I am so grateful for them.

      • Jan Watson

        Cheerful Birthday my old friend. May you have many more good years and lifetimes of being such an effective Bodhisattva. Love Jan

        • Patricia Ann Risch

          Happy Birthday Pema
          And thank you for the rich gifts of your teachings that have helped so many people globally.
          Patricia Risch

          • Hope McLeod

            Happy, happy Birthday to dear Pema!!! Though we've never met you've been my root teacher since1990 when I ordered your very first handmade tapes from Gampo Abbey dharma talks. Many books, online retreats, CDs & DVDs later, your teachings are still at the center of my core practice. Thank you, thank, thank you. Love, blessings, may you have a long healthy life for years to come. ❤️Hope

            • franca

              my dearest friend brought you into my world
              everyday i am thankful that i try to awaken more than yesterday
              and when it is difficult i look forward to the next moment
              its great to be born again out of hard times and celebrated the day
              happy birthday pema
              and its everyone who hears you and reads you,that have the joy of receiving your birthday gifts

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