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Teachers and Talks: Pema Chodron

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

Ani Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and author whose teachings and writings on meditation have helped make Buddhism accessible to a broad Western audience. She currently directs the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, the first Tibetan monastery in North America for Western monastics and lay practitioners.

Pema Chodron is the author of many fine books, including Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advise for Difficult Times, and Uncomfortable With Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Fearlessness and Compassion, the book that inspired the title of my book, Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness. 

Watch her interview with Bill Moyers on his series Faith and Reason:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/faithandreason/portraits_chodron.htm



  • Christine

    I have always been curious about Pema. When I watched the short video clip I decided to check out her books on Amazon.com. I did read some of the excerpts and found what she had to say interesting. I am not Buddhist. I’m a Christian but find useful instruction anywhere that often reinforces something that God has tried to get through to me. I realized after reading some excerpts that I have to cultivate serenity and not get so emotionally attached to the chaotic events that hurl themselves at me in my journey.
    Thanks for sharing this article with everyone and I hope more are blessed by it.

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