Pema Chödrön and Jack Kornfield talk “The Wondrous Path of Difficulties”

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A conversation with Pema Chödrön and Jack Kornfield, moderated by Michael Krasny about the everyday difficulties that provoke us, reveal our habitual patterns, and ultimately transform us. Call it luck, good luck. A sellout crowd of over 3,000 people arrives at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco to listen to a discussion with two of America's most respected and [...]

Celebrate Pema Chödrön’s birthday with some of her best from Shambhala Sun

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Pema Chödrön with k.d. lang on the cover of the upcoming September Shambhala Sun. Here's reason to celebrate: the American Buddhist nun (and frequent Shambhala Sun contributor!) Pema Chödrön turns 79 today. Born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936 -- read her life story, "Becoming Pema" -- she's now beloved as a teacher to us all. So what better way to honor her than to make a [...]

A Bodhicitta Practice

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Pema Chödrön offers a method for generating love and compassion for all human beings. The best way to begin this practice is by thinking of a person whose suffering you feel strongly and whose happiness is very important to you. This could be someone you know or have known, or someone you've seen on the street or read about in the newspaper. The thought of certain people [...]

What to Do When the Going Gets Rough

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Pema Chödrön on four ways to hold our minds steady and hearts open when facing difficult people or circumstances. The most straightforward advice on awakening enlightened mind is this: practice not causing harm to anyone—yourself or others—and every day, do what you can to be helpful. If we take this instruction to heart and begin to use it, we will probably find that it is [...]

You Can Do It!

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Make your vow to help others real with this meditation teaching from Pema Chödrön. The first stage in the practice of tonglen, or taking and sending, is a pause, a moment of stillness and space, a brief gap. If you need an image for this, you can reflect on any experience of wide-open space, such as gazing out at the ocean or looking up into a cloudless sky. The second [...]

Smile at Fear: Pema Chodron’s teachings on Bravery, Open Heart & Basic Goodness

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Despite what we might think much of the time and what the news programs imply, we all wish to be sane and open-hearted people. We could take I our wish to be more sane and kind and put it in a very large context. We could expand it into a desire to help all other people, to help the whole world. But we need a place to start. We can’t simply begin with the whole world. We need [...]

Tonglen: Bad In, Good Out

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In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves. In particular, to care about other people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish—you name it—means to not run from the pain of finding these things in ourselves. In fact, one's whole attitude toward pain can change. Instead of [...]

Transforming the Heart of Suffering

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In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves. In particular, to care about other people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean—you name it—to have compassion and to care for these people, means not to run from the pain of finding these things in ourselves. In fact, [...]

The Natural Warmth of the Heart

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In the difficulties of your life, says Pema Chödrön, you will discover your natural love and warmth. Before we can know what natural warmth really is, often we must experience loss. We go along for years moving through our days, propelled by habit, taking life pretty much for granted. Then we or someone dear to us has an accident or gets seriously ill, and it’s as if blinders [...]

Becoming Pema

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Andrea Miller on the life and spiritual journey of one Deirdre Blomfield-Brown. Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in New York City in 1936. She has said that she had a pleasant childhood with her Catholic family, but that her spiritual life didn’t begin until she attended boarding school, where her intellectual curiosity was cultivated. At age twenty-one, Pema [...]