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"Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop..."

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.” -  Pema Chödrön

Instant Inspiration: Watch Pema Chodron and Oprah Chat About Facing Fear and Learning How to ‘Fail Really Well’

2 months agoFitness / Yoga : YogaDork

It’s just Pema Chödrön and Oprah chatting and chillaxing on a Sunday afternoon sipping from their coffee mugs like gal pals do. Pema was a recent guest on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday” which is basically the Super Bowl for spirituality,...Show More Summary

Pema chats with Oprah

On October 19, the Oprah Winfrey Network will broadcast a feature interview with Oprah and Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön. They will discuss Pema’s life, her book, When Things Fall Apart, and techniques for living more consciously. The program will be broadcast at 11AM EST, on the program Super Soul Sunday. Pema is a regular contributor to […]

Watch a livestream of Pema Chödrön, teaching on “Basic Goodness”

The Buddhist principal of basic goodness is not particularly religious or secular. It’s not something esoteric or unrelated to us. It’s about how we feel about ourselves at the core. We are fundamentally open-minded, open-hearted, worthy, and good. Show More Summary

Meditation inspiration: Pema Chödrön on “lightening up”

Time now for a little meditation inspiration, by way of Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chödrön: “Discipline is important. When we sit down to meditate, we are encouraged to stick with the technique and be faithful to the instruction, but within that container of discipline, why do we have to be so harsh? Do […]

Are you trying to “settle the score”? Try Pema Chödrön’s advice for “Choosing Peace” instead.

There is a key moment, says Pema Chödrön, when we make the choice between peace and conflict. In this teaching from her program Practicing Peace, she describes the practice we can do at that very moment to bring peace for ourselves, for others, and for the world. If we want to make peace, with ourselves […]

Pema Chödrön on the power of love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, and inadequacy

“Without realizing it, we continually put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices, and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy, and arrogance. “But fortunately for us, the soft spot — our innate ability to love […]

How to Meditate: Pema Chödrön on “Signs of Spiritual Progress”

The concept of success on the spiritual path is pretty suspect. After all, isn’t it a journey without goal? But there are some ways, says Pema Chödrön, we can tell if our practice is working. It is tempting to ask ourselves if we are making “progress” on the spiritual path. But to look for progress […]

?Dharma Connect: Steve Buscemi's Mind Gets Blown

6 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. read more

Live webcast: Pema Chödrön to deliver Naropa U commencement address

Naropa University announced this week that internationally-renowned Buddhist teacher and bestselling author Pema Chödrön will deliver the keynote address on “Bravery and Compassion” during its May 10 commencement ceremonies. “Pema is an influential and insightful teacher to millions of people around the world,” said Naropa president Charles G. Show More Summary

“Being Love”: Read Laura Munson’s article on loving-kindness practice, from our current issue

Awash in the pain of betrayal and a failed marriage, Laura Munson practices Pema Chödrön’s teachings on maitri, or loving-kindness. It’s hard, Munson has found. But she’s also found that it helps. “For years,” she writes in our March magazine, “I had been listening to Pema Chödrön’s teachings on maitri practice. I had been practicing […]

Read Pema Chödrön’s “The Bearable Lightness of Being” (from our current issue) online now

When we honor life but don’t make it a big deal, we lighten up, open up, and become more joyous. The fancy name for that, says Pema Chödrön in “The Bearable Lightness of Being,” is enlightenment. “The Bearable Lightness” is now online for you to read in its entirety. Just click here. Also inside our […]

This issue’s Editorial: “Buddha’s Daughters”

Andrea Miller on why the March 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine shouldn’t be considered particularly special. (With links to the articles mentioned.) At the retreat I report on in this issue, Ani Pema Chödrön talked about a dream she once had. In the dream, she was in the country, perhaps at a monastery, and everyone there [...]

A first look at our next issue, featuring Pema Chödrön’s 4 Keys to Waking Up, bell hooks, Eve Ensler, and much more

Copies of the March 2014 Shambhala Sun magazine have just arrived at our offices from the printer, and will be mailing to subscribers shortly. (And then, appearing on newsstands in the first week of February.) Inside you’ll find Pema Chödrön‘s 4 Keys to Waking Up; bell hooks and Eve Ensler on fighting domination, finding love, [...]

how to stop making a big deal about your problems

Pema Chodron writes: Meditation teaches us how to let go. It’s actually a very important aspect of friendliness, which is...

compassion starts....

Compassion starts with making friends with ourselves - particularly with our poisons. ~ Pema Chodron

A chance to “Walk the Walk” with Pema — from home

Pema Chodron‘s coming “Walk the Walk” retreat at Omega Institute (October 25-27) may be sold out, but Omega is offering you an opportunity to enjoy this retreat with Pema — without leaving home — via live streaming. A special $59 early registration price is available, but only until October 10. (Registration after October 10 is [...]

Pema Chödrön on “Touching In with the Present Moment”

“To find yourself in the present moment,” says Pema Chödrön, “it can help if you run through a series of questions to help you contact your mind, to help you become aware of what’s happening in this very moment.” Pema’s advice and suggested questions for beginning your meditation sessions are found in our new magazine [...]

Living in the Grey Space

Each time you stay present with fear and uncertainty, you’re letting go of a habitual way of finding security and comfort. ~ Pema Chodron I can’t exactly pinpoint where this is from, but I do remember recently reading that, sometimes, we have to learn to live in the “grey space.” Those words resonated very deeply [...]

Pema Chödrön on “our mistaken feeling of separateness”

Via Pema Chödrön Heart Advice comes another helpful reminder…: “At the level of absolute truth, there is no reason to suffer. But at the relative level, we’re all in considerable pain. The cause of our discontent is our mistaken feeling of separateness. This isn’t based on anything tangible. It’s based on beliefs and concepts. The [...]

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