Happy Birthday Pema Chödrön!

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We are proud to be Pema Chödrön’s publisher, and we want to give you the chance to wish her a happy 81st birthday this July 14th.

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422 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Pema Chödrön!”

  • KJ

    Happy birthday, Pema!

  • ellen

    happy days...

  • deborah charlton
    deborah charlton July 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you for your compassion and kindness
    Which inspires and comforts me in my practice of the Buddhist precepts and deepens my going for refuge to the three jewels .

  • Dana S. Kennedy

    Happy Birthday Pema! We have never met, but you are one of my favorite teachers and a source of inspiration and guidance to me. Thank you for your willingness to share your experiences and knowledge in your unique and enjoyable way. I have enjoyed many of your books and courses over the years.

  • Mary Benedetto
    Mary Benedetto July 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for all your writings and wisdom.

  • Susan

    Thanks, Pema, for living beautifully as an example for us all. Happy Birthday.

  • Dan

    Happy Birthday, Pema!

  • Susan Cornner
    Susan Cornner July 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I am Christian by belief and practice who finds great depth in your teachings. Happy Birthday!

    • Shannon

      Happy birthday Pema..
      Thank you for your grass roots compassion and your ability to make the most challenging of teachings understandable..
      Start where you are is my bible..
      Thank you

    • Ziji Beth Goren

      Every blessing as you celebrate this upcoming Birthday. Your books have been gem-like to me and so many within and without the Community. I passed many a book along to the elders in and around Amherst, MA whom I serve from my non-profit org. Hands-on Elders. Again, thanks so much multiplied over half a lifetime.. and every blessing on this special day of your birth.

    • Flor

      Happy B day you have been an inspiration to be !
      Thak you !

  • Rostislav

    May you be well - happy and healthy!

    NELVA BLEDSOE July 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I'm so grateful for your courage, humor, love and sassieness! You're such a model for living bravely in this world.

  • jean

    happy birthday pema, we almost share our birthdays! I'm the 13th. love and happiness to you.

  • Lisa

    Happy birthday, thank you for bringing so much love and light to the world.

  • Michael

    Happy Birthday Pena. Thank you for your wisdom!

  • Irene Douglas
    Irene Douglas July 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Blessings to you Pema for a happy birthday. We share the same birth date. Your wisdom and gentle way of teaching continues to guide me through deep emotions. I Love You.

  • Penelope

    Namaste, Pema! You are a blessing to this world; your down-to-earth-ness is comforting and helpful to the rest of us, skipping toward ourselves! Thank you.

  • Rebecca

    We are so grateful to have you in our hearts. My daughter, partner and I have your little book the 'Pocket Pema' at our table and we share one or two insights every day. We call it the daily Pem. May peace have its way.

  • Carla M.

    Dear Pema,
    Wishing you the Happiest of
    Continuation Days! ( as Thich Nhat Hahn would call it) Your living teachings have blessed my life, you are a teacher for whom I am truly grateful! Thank you for being a bright light in the world now, showing us a safe passage across the oceans of suffering to the shores of humor, peace and gratitude!

  • Randi Marks

    Happy Birthday Pema. You inspire me each day as I listen to your voice ripple into my ears on my daily walks. Thank you for your insight, humor, and guidance--always. May you be happy, well, and blessed in the year ahead.

  • Catherine Lemon
    Catherine Lemon July 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you for your presence.

    Happy Birthday Pema!

  • LInda A Robinson
    LInda A Robinson July 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    You are a true blessing to all of us in this world. Your writings and online courses have had a tremendous impact on me. THANK YOU for your words of wisdom.

    I wish you health and continued devotion to the awakening of fellow human beings as we travel this world together.

  • Esther

    Best way of wishes, dear Pema!

  • Daisy Sweetland
    Daisy Sweetland July 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    You have made a profound difference in my life. Thank you so much for your teachings. Long life!

  • Maya giernet

    Happy Birthday Pema! And thank you so much for your wisdom - your teachings have been and continue to be a help and a blessing to me!

  • Dorie

    Happy Birthday, Pema!
    You are an inspiration, have a great sense of humour and I love you

  • Raine

    Happy birthday, Pema. Thank you for all you haven given and give to all of us.


  • Nancy Johnson
    Nancy Johnson July 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience and wise words in the way you do. They open and soften my heart again and again. Happy Birthday!

  • Cindy

    Much Metta and Happy Day to you blessed Pema! Thank you for all your words of wit and wisdom, you've helped us all so very much.

  • Mary

    Happy birthday, dear Pema. Your thoughtful words inspire me. You are a gift to all who know you or know of you. May your life be filled with joy, love, peace, and hope. ❤️

  • Katrina Iott

    Enjoy your birthday Pema. You are a true inspiration and light!

  • Lee

    Beloved Pema~You're numero uno in my kennel club of wisdom!
    May the love you impart to us all return to you a thousandfold!

  • Charity

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all that you share. It is very helpful and so very appreciated. ❤️

  • Meghan OReilly
    Meghan OReilly July 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    A very happy birthday to you! My life mirrors your early life and I have been trying to, in a small, humble way, follow your path now, by reading your books, listening to your tapes and following your teachings. Your words have literally saved me more than once! I celebrate your life in a special way! Namaste

  • Salle

    Happy birthday Pema! You will never know how much peace your work has brought me.

  • Winter

    You are loved and appreciated. I turn to your words often. On this day and every day I wish you peace.

  • Cathryn

    Happy Birthday, Pema! You have made a wonderful difference in my life and I appreciate you. Thank you and blessings to you.

  • Terry McLaren
    Terry McLaren July 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Happiest of birthdays.
    Thank you for enriching my life with your wisdom and knowledge.
    You have helped in way you will never know.
    Thank you and please have a wondrous birthday.

  • LisaDiFruscio

    Happy Birthday, Dear Pema! You are such a n inspiration to humanity! Namaste!

  • Lisa

    Happiest of birthdays Pema!
    You are perfect in your imperfections and we are lucky to have you as our teacher.

  • Judd

    Please be happy. Right now is all we get. Awareness is the Great Teacher. Thank you Pema for sharing with me and all of us, living sentient beings.

  • Manning Victoria
    Manning Victoria July 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Your words are my beacon and my refuge... We are blessed to be in this life at the same time... I celebrate you. Happy birthday.. and love.

  • Carla

    Happiest of Birthdays, Pema. I absolutely love you.

  • Dianne Kipp

    Dearest Ani Pema, You have been my inspiration and guide for the past 14 years, and because of your teachings I am now a grateful practicing Shambhala Buddhist. See you at Omega..a dream come true.
    Your birth in this world has been a gift of compassion and loving kindness to us all, May you be happy, may you be free of suffering,, may you dwell in equanimity and peace.

  • Gwen Warren

    Best wishes on your birthday, and thank you for your input on this adventure of life we all share, may we use it as well as your have.

  • Deborah Palladino
    Deborah Palladino July 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you for sharing your spirit so freely and generously. You are the example. Happy Birthday.

  • June-Etta Chenard
    June-Etta Chenard July 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Dear Pema Chödrön, May your birthday be blessed with many tender joys, and may the coming year touch you gently.

  • Rowena

    Happy birthday dear Pema! I love your wit and your endless words of wisdom. My wish for you is a year full of health and happiness.

  • Richard Gabbrielli
    Richard Gabbrielli July 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Happy Birthday! Love and peace!

  • Cat

    You're so funny and wise! Don't quit, ever! Keep going you bodhisattva you!

  • Mario Zecca

    I have found your teachings immensely helpful in my journey. Your straight forward and common sense approach to life resonates with the direction I seem to be seeking. Thank you!

    • Preeti

      Happy Birthday

    • Brittmari Johansson
      Brittmari Johansson July 13, 2017 at 3:03 am

      Thank you for coming into my life, when I needed guidance, challenge and comfort the most! All the love and joy on your birthday (and for ever more...)!

    • Baratosi Iosif-Gavril
      Baratosi Iosif-Gavril July 13, 2017 at 3:53 am

      Happy birthday,Pema!Hugs,love and compasion!

    • Susan Pope

      Sorry if this is a duplicate as I dont see the reply I just posted. Happy Birthday dear Ane Pema. We met many years ago when you came to teach at Jim and Meredith's in Falmouth Ma. You have come a long way since then!! So impressed and enlightened by your journey and your teachings. Love, Susan

      • Jodi

        Happy happy b Day Pema you are a fellow cancer ❤️❤️❤️Continue to walk this journey . Thank you for sharing life and each a delicous meal and cupcake ❤️Jodi

        • Marjolaine Robert

          Its been a very long time since I was your machen at Söpa Chöling...1991 I left Gampo Abbey. I hope you are well. You became a real star since that time and it is a star of the bodhisattva way. The best way! The best star! They shine even in the dark age. I will always be grateful to have meet you. Marjolaine

        • Margie Hart

          I traveled with your Start Where You Are book 15 years ago when I set out alone for 4 months. You were a constant comfort and inspiration. thank you and happy happy happy b'day :-) I'm still on the path....

        • Karen de Bont (the Netherlands)
          Karen de Bont (the Netherlands) July 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

          Dear Pema,

          A very happy birthday and lots of love and good wishes. I thank you from the bottum of my heart for your life-saving teachings!! ❤️


          • Regina

            Dear Pema,

            You have inspired me in more ways than words can convery. I am overfilled with gratitude for your existence. Happy birthday! <


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