Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West
today and a leading exponent of meditation and how it applies to
everyday life. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey monastery in Cape
Breton, Nova Scotia. Her bestselling books include When Things Fall
Apart, The Places That Scare You, and Taking the Leap.
The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of Pema Chödrön's teachings available on the web, plus related links.
Pema Chödrön in the Shambhala Sun
the difficulties of your life, says Pema Chödrön, you will discover the
your natural love and warmth. An excerpt from our November 2009 issue.
Andrea Miller on the life and spiritual journey of one Deirdre Blomfield-Brown. An excerpt from our November 2009 issue.
Pema Chödrön on four ways that meditation helps us deal with difficulty.
our day we can pause, take a break from our usual thoughts, and wake up
to the magic and vastness of the world around us. Pema Chödrön says
this easy and spacious type of mindfulness practice is the most
important thing we can do with our lives.
There is a key moment, says Pema Chodron, when we make the choice between peace and conflict. In this new teaching from her program Practicing Peace in Times of War, she describes the practice we can do at that very moment to bring peace for ourselves, for others, and for the world.
Pema Chodron and Dzigar Kongtrül—a student and her teacher—talk straight about honesty, self-deception, and why the difference is the key to the dharma.
is our means to tap into the awakened energy of compassion, says Pema Chodron. "Love and compassion are like the weak spots in the walls of
ego. If we connect with even one moment of the good heart of bodhicitta
and cherish it, our ability to open will gradually expand."
Pema Chodron says the most straightforward advice on how to discover your
true nature is this: practice not causing harm to anyone neither
yourself nor others and every day, do what you can to help.
might think that knowing ourselves is a very ego-centered thing, says
Pema Chodron, but by beginning to look clearly and honestly at
ourselves, we begin to dissolve the walls that separate us from
than feeling discouraged by laziness, we could get to know laziness
profoundly. This very moment of laziness becomes our personal teacher,
suggests Pema Chodron.
To be without a reference point is the ultimate loneliness. It is also called enlightenment.
Pema Chodron on how to awaken bodhichitta—enlightened heart and mind—the essence of all Buddhist practice.
Pema Chodron offers a method for generating love and compassion for all human beings.
can suppress anger and aggression or act it out, either way making
things worse for ourselves and others. Or we can practice patience:
wait, experience the anger and investigate its nature. Pema Chodron
takes us step by step through this powerful practice.
• Turn Your Thinking Upside Down, by Pema Chodron
• Cultivating Openness When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron and bell hooks
• The Threefold Purity, by Pema Chodron
• Good Medicine for This World, by Pema Chodron and Alice Walker
• Signs of Spiritual Progress, by Pema Chodron
• It Starts with Uncertainty, by Pema Chodron and Margaret Wheatley
• Buddhist Meditation is Relaxing with the Truth, by Pema Chodron
• The Key to Knowing Ourselves is Meditation, by Pema Chodron
• How We Get Hooked and How We Get Unhooked, by Pema Chodron
• Lojong: How to Awaken Your Heart, by Pema Chodron
• Three Methods for Working with Chaos, by Pema Chodron
• Gampo Abbey
• The Pema Chodron Foundation
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