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 it register online and the Pema Chödrön Foundation will email you [...]
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Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. ~ Pema Chodron
From Heart Advice comes this quote from Pema Chödrön’s The Places That Scare You: Sharing the heart is a simple practice that can be used at any time and in every situation. It enlarges our view and helps us remember our interconnection. The essence of this practice is that when we encounter pain in our [...]
“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”~ Pema Chodron We all mentally beat ourselves up from time to time. You know how it goes, “I can’t believe I was that stupid” or “I’m …
Make your vow to help others real with this tonglen meditation teaching by Pema Chödrön, from our November 2012 magazine. “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 [...]
The November Shambhala Sun will be arriving on newsstands over the next week or so, and you can browse excerpts and complete stories online now. Here’s what you’ll find: A Greater Happiness: a new teaching from Pema Chödrön on the compassionate life of the bodhisattva-warrior. Feminine Principal: Andrea Miller profiles three woman teachers — Trudy [...]
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On September 13th, Buddhist nun, teacher, and author Pema Chödrön had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama. There were, as you can see, smiles all around. Below, Glenna Olmsted, Executive Assistant to Pema, tells us about the meeting and how it came to be. It all seemed so surreal to get the call that Ani [...]
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From Heart Advice comes this quote from Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart. There’s a slogan in the mahayana teachings that says, “Drive all blames into oneself.” The essence of this slogan is, “When it hurts so bad, it’s because I am hanging on so tight.” It’s not saying that we should beat ourselves up. [...]
Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön recently celebrated her seventy-sixth birthday, and the folks at the Pema Chödrön Foundation decided to honor the day by arranging a “virtual retreat” that fans worldwide could take part in. So how’d it go? Smashingly! As the PCF tells us: “From Ukraine to Uganda, and from Tajikistan to Tibet, friends and students [...]
From Heart Advice comes this story from Pema Chödrön about defeating fear. Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it [...]
Pema Chödrön’s “virtual retreat” is coming up this Saturday, July 14, and there’s still time to register to access an exclusive teaching from her. Pema is spending almost the entire year in solitary meditation, and this virtual retreat—scheduled for her 76th birthday—is a special opportunity for fans and students to connect with and honor her [...]
From Heart Advice comes this quote from Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart. “When someone blames us, how do we react? When we’ve lost something, how do we react? When we feel we’ve gained something, how do we react? When we feel pleasure or pain, is it as simple as that? Do we just feel [...]
If you’ve already received your July 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine, you may have seen our mention of a “virtual retreat” that Pema Chödrön will leading on July 14, her 76th birthday. Pema is spending almost the entire year in solitary meditation, and this virtual retreat is a special opportunity for fans and students to connect [...]
After sharing Miley Cyrus’s words of meditation-advocation this morning, here’s another interesting quote, albeit from the other side of the music-world spectrum: “Get [Terence] McKenna, get Alan Watts, get [Allen] Ginsberg, get the great Buddhist teachers. Show More Summary
This nun on wheels made your laziness, your reservations, and your all-around ineptitude as sacred as a cup of the Ganges drawn by a hunchbacked, one-eyed midget on a full moon, with an ancient leaky tin bucket. She forgave you everything before you even had your first coffee.
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 [...]
A restless autodidact who routinely references Joseph Campbell, Terence McKenna, Pema Chödrön, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and other teachers, Astbury leads what he calls "a very nomadic existence."