Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is an ordained American Tibetan Buddhist nun. In addition to her work establishing the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition in the West, she is an author and teacher, working with spiritual seekers of all traditions. Her book When Things Fall Apart is a classic work on handling uncertainty.


Pema Chödrön: Fear and Fearlessness

Where will we look when we are afraid? How do we find strength? In what can we place our trust? According to Tibetan Buddhism, there are four noble aspirations, known as the Four Great Catalysts of Awakening, which we can call on to cultivate strength and openness in any situation.

The Compassion Book: Teachings for Awakening the Heart

Welcome compassion and fearlessness as your guide, and you’ll live wisely and effectively in good times and bad. But that’s easier said than done.

Facing Yourself

You are a warrior when you have the bravery to face who you are, without fear, embarassment, or denial. This warriorship is the basis of the spiritual path, says Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Through the practice of sitting meditation, the warrior discovers basic goodness.

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.


Pema Chödrön: Tonglen Meditation

A leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life, Pema Chödrön is widely known for her insightful, down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Here she shares the practice of Tonglen Meditation.

The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness

It's true, as they say, that we can only love others when we first love ourselves—and we can only experience real joy when we stop running from pain. The key to understanding these truisms is simple but not easy: We must learn to open ourselves up to life in all its manifestations.

Six Kinds of Loneliness

To be without a reference point is the ultimate loneliness. It is also called enlightenment.

The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.


Pema Chödrön Guided Meditation to Increase Mindfulness, Awareness, Calm Abiding & Special Insight

Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times.

Finding Freedom: How Death Row Broke and Opened My Heart

There are many forms of liberation—some that exist at the mercy of circumstance and others that can never be taken away.


Chögyam Trungpa

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