Celebrate Pema Chödrön’s 77th birthday by “practicing peace” with an exclusive video teaching from her

Our friends at the Pema Chödrön Foundation invite you to join them in celebrating Pema’s 77th birthday by taking part in their second annual “birthday retreat.” Pema has filmed a teaching just for this occasion, offering advice, encouragement, and meditation instruction. All you need to do is register online and the Pema Chödrön Foundation will email you a link to the video on July 1. Once you have the link, you’ll be able to view the video whenever you want, and as often as you want.

It’ll be a great way to deepen your practice, to share practice with others, and to celebrate the life and work of a singular teacher. More details after the jump.

For this event, Pema invites you to meditate for a few hours or for the entire day, alone or with friends. Her deepest hope is that this will help us plant the seed of peace in our own hearts, in our homes, and in our communities. Join thousands from around the world to help make this a reality.

Last year, on Pema’s 76th birthday, the PCF held its first “Virtual Birthday Retreat,” which could only be considered a smashing success: friends and students of Pema, from Ukraine to Uganda and from Tajikistan to Tibet, gathered together in their homes and local centers for a day of practice. More than 11,000 people from 101 countries gathered with many thousands more in their own communities. As will be the case this year, there was no cost for the retreat and teachings, but the many birthday offerings that were received went toward the building of a three-year retreat center, to be called Pema Chödrön Drubde, for the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling in Nepal.

To register, just click here. (And to find out more about the Pema Chödrön Foundation, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.)