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Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist nun and one of the foremost students of Chogyam Trungpa, the renowned meditation master. She is director of Gampo Abbey, in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America establied for Westerners. Ani (a Tibetan honorific for a nun) Pema has written many books, and has recorded on DVD, Video, CDs and Cassettes many teachings, such as The Places That Scare You, Comfortable With Uncertainty, The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, and the best seller, When Things Fall Apart. See also Teachings on Tape/CD by Pema Chodron
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Always Maintain a Joyful Mind (Book and CD)
By: Pema Chodron
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For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have employed a collection of pithy, penetrating slogans to help them develop equanimity, intelligence, and compassion amid the turbulence of daily life. This book presents this transformative spiritual practice (called lojong in Tibetan) in a way that readers of any background can understand and put to use.
Awakening Loving Kindness (pocket)
By: Pema Chodron
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"These teachings are simple, earthy, and alive. Pema's deep experience and her fresh way of looking at things are like mountain water-clear and refreshing, as good Dharma should be." ~Pema Chodron
Comfortable with Uncertainty
Comfortable with Uncertainty
By: Pema Chodron
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In this book Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chodron offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living.Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study. Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of the 108-day retreat, the book leads the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path.
Cuando Todo Se Derrumba: Palabras Sabias Para Momentos Dificiles
By: Pema Chodron
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Tenemos a nuestro alcance una oportunidad fundamental de felicidad que por lo general desperdiciamos, irnicamente, por estar atrapados en nuestros intentos por escapar del dolor y el sufrimiento. Pema Chdrn da un consejo compasivo y radical extrado de la sabidura budista para cuando todo se derrumba en nuestras vidas, consejo que va a contrapelo de nuestras costumbres y expectativas habituales. Slo hay una manera de encarar el sufrimiento que proporcione beneficio duradero, nos ensea Pema: ir hacia las situaciones dolorosas con cordialidad y curiosidad, relajndonos en la insubstancialidad fundamental de toda nuestra situacin. Es ah, en medio del caos, que podemos descubrir la verdad y el amor que son indestructibles.

El libro incluye: Modos de usar las emociones dolorosas para cultivar la sabidura, la compasin y la valenta Mtodos de comunicacin que llevan a una verdadera apertura hacia los dems y a una verdadera cercana Prcticas para revertir patrones negativos habituales Tcnicas para trabajar con situaciones caticas Herramientas para cultivar una accin social enrgica y compasiva

Fearless Heart
Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion (Audio CDs)
By Pema Chodron
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 Pema Chodron helps us uncover and transform the fundamental beliefs that cause us to suffer so that we can increase our capacity to love ourselves and others. Pema begins her teaching by declaring, "We live in a culture of fear and guilt, always feeling like we aren't good enough." She then shows the way out of this trap by revealing how the entire spiritual path is really about cultivating fearless self-acceptance. She draws on five traditional Tibetan Buddhist aphorisms to frame her teachings:

  • "Reveal your hidden faults for accepting our imperfections
  • "Approach what you find repulsive" for facing suffering with an open heart
  • "Help those whom you think you cannot help" for awakening compassion
  • "Anything you are attached to, give that" for developing generosity
  • "Go to the places that scare you" for finding courage in all aspects of life

Pema unpacks these aphorisms and helps us understand how they can form the structure for living a more courageous life. She also holds an extensive question-and-answer session and leads guided meditation practices on overcoming shame and guilt, staying open in the face of pain, transforming our relationships with difficult people, and increasing our feelings of generosity.

How to Meditat
How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind
By: Pema Chodron
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Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book exploring in-depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This step-by-step guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind, embrace the fullness of our experience, and live in a wholehearted way.
Liberate: Abandona Tus Temores y Descubre El Poder del Ahora
Liberate: Abandona Tus Temores y Descubre El Poder del Ahora
By: Pema Chodron
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Basandose en el concepto budista de "shenpa", este libro nos ayuda a ver como ciertos habitos mentales tienden a engancharnos y nos mantienen atrapados en estados de enfado, culpa, odio hacia nosotros mismos y adiccin. La clave es aprender una nueva manera de afrontar los problemas y las dudas de nuestro da a da.

Este metodo implica descubrir tres cualidades inherentes al hecho de ser humanos, tres cualidades basicas que siempre hemos tenido pero que tal vez se han quedado enterradas y hemos casi olvidado. Estas cualidades son: la inteligencia natural, la calidez natural y la apertura natural.

La autora afirma que en todos los seres humanos hay un potencial de bondad, eso supone reconocer que todas las personas, en todas partes, en todo el planeta, tienen estas cualidades y pueden recurrir a ellas para ayudarse a si mismas y a los demas.
Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change
Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change
Pema Chodron
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Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone's favorite Buddhist nun, it's even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky groundand the secret is: the ground is always shaky. Pema shows how using a traditional Buddhist practice called the Three Vows or Three Commitments is a way to relax into profound sanity in the midst of whatever non-sanity is happening around us. Just making these simple aspirations can change the way we look at the world and can provide us with a lifetime of material for spiritual practice.


The three commitments are three methods for embracing the chaotic, uncertain, dynamic, challenging nature of our situation as a path to awakening. The first of the commitments, traditionally called the Pratimoksha Vow, is the foundation for personal liberation. This is a commitment to doing our best to not cause harm with our actions or words or thoughts, a commitment to being good to each other. It provides a structure within which we learn to work with our thoughts and emotions, and to refrain from speaking or acting out of confusion. The next step toward being comfortable with groundlessness is a commitment to helping others, traditionally called the Bodhisattva Vow. It is a commitment to dedicate our lives to keeping our hearts and minds open, and nurturing our compassion with the longing to ease the suffering of the world. The last of the three commitments, traditionally known as the Samaya Vow, is a resolve to embrace the world just as it is, without bias; a resolve to see everything we encounter, good and bad, pleasant and painful, as a manifestation of awakened energy. It is a commitment to see everything and anything as a means by which we can awaken further.
No Time to Lose; A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
By: Pema Chodron
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In this book Pema Chodron presents the traditional spiritual program that guides her own life. In No Time to Lose she offers an in-depth commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharayavatara ), an essential Buddhist text written in the eighth century by the Indian sage Shantideva. This cherished work lays out a ten-stage path toward becoming a bodhisattva including such topics as commitment, awareness, vigilance, patience, and meditation. Drawing on examples from everyday life, Pema's fresh and accessible commentary shows us how this timeless spiritual path is open and available to all of us. The book also includes practical exercises that will help readers to better understand and live out the bodhisattva way.
No Time to Lose; A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
By: Pema Chodron
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In this book Pema Chodron presents the traditional spiritual program that guides her own life. In No Time to Lose she offers an in-depth commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharayavatara ), an essential Buddhist text written in the eighth century by the Indian sage Shantideva. This cherished work lays out a ten-stage path toward becoming a bodhisattva including such topics as commitment, awareness, vigilance, patience, and meditation. Drawing on examples from everyday life, Pema's fresh and accessible commentary shows us how this timeless spiritual path is open and available to all of us. The book also includes practical exercises that will help readers to better understand and live out the bodhisattva way.
Places That Scare You: Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
By: Pema Chodron
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Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
You always have a choice! You can let the circumstances of your life harden you and make you increasingly resentful and afraid, or you can can let them soften you and make you kinder. Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws at you. this wisdom is always available to you, but you usually block it with your habitual patterns rooted in fear.
Pocket Pema Chodron
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Here is a treasury of short selections from the best-selling books of Pema Chödrön, the beloved Tibetan Buddhist nun. Sized to fit easily into a pocket or purse, this little book can be taken anywhere, providing on-the-go inspiration. Topics include:
      opening the heart;
       becoming fearless;
       breaking free of destructive patterns;
       developing patience and joy;
       discovering one’s natural warmth, intelligence, and goodness.
Practicing Peace in Times of War
By: Pema Chodron
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"War and peace begin in the hearts of individuals,” declares Pema Chodron at the opening of her inspiring and accessible new book. In Practicing Peace in Times of War she draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression and war, explaining that they lie nowhere but within our own hearts and minds. She goes on to explain that, remarkably, the way in which we as individuals respond to challenges in our everyday lives can mean the difference between perpetuating a culture of violence or creating a new culture of compassion.
Practicing Peace in Times of War
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"War and peace begin in the hearts of individuals,” declares Pema Chodron at the opening of her inspiring and accessible new book. In Practicing Peace in Times of War she draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression and war, explaining that they lie nowhere but within our own hearts and minds. She goes on to explain that, remarkably, the way in which we as individuals respond to challenges in our everyday lives can mean the difference between perpetuating a culture of violence or creating a new culture of compassion.
Start Where You Are
Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
By: Pema Chodron
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This is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chodron, author of The Wisdom of No Escape, presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others.
Taking the Leap: Free Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
Taking the Leap: Free Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears
Pema Chodron
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In this pithy, inspiring book, Pema Chodron presents the Buddhist concept of shenpa, which can be translated as "getting stuck" or "getting hooked" and shows us how we can liberate ourselves from it. Shenpa is that irritating sensation that arises in moments when life suddenly becomes disappointing, difficult, or painful. Perhaps someone criticizes your work, your appearance, or your child. Something within you tightens, shuts down. That's shenpa.
Tonglen: The Path of Transformation
By: Pema Chodron
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The Path of Transformation
Tonglen is a meditation practice for cultivating love and compassion. It is a gentle, step by step process of opening the heart. By embracing, rather than rejecting, the unwanted and painful aspects of experience, we overcome fear and develop greater empathy for others. We are more in tune with both the joy and suffering of life. This book is a practical guide to deepening our practice and understanding of tonglen. Working with questions and answers, dialogue and exchange, it provides an invaluable reference for tonglen practitioners of all levels.
When Things Fall Apart; Heart Advice for Difficult Times
By: Pema Chodron
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There is a fundamental happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it -- ironically, while caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering.  Pema Chodron's radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations and confronts us with traditional Buddhist wisdom.  There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves moving toward painful situations to the best of our ability with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness of our entire situation.  It is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible.
Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness
By: Pema Chodron
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This book is about saying yes to life, about making friends with ourselves and our world, about accepting the delightful and painful situation of "no exit." It exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.
   
 
See also Teachings on Tape/CD by Pema Chodron