Pema Chodron Shows Readers the Buddhist Path to Peace and Happiness

Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun who has written several popular personal development books for spiritual seekers. She offers gentle wisdom that helps readers deal with life issues in a way that promotes peaceful and compassionate lives.

Background of Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron was born on July 14, 1936 in New York City. She was educated at UC Berkley and worked as an elementary school teacher for several years.

When she was in her 30s, Pema Chodron met Lama Chime Rinpoche in the French Alps and she began studying with him. Her studies lasted for several years. She also studied with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche for over a decade. In 1974, she became a novice nun and in 1981 she became a fully ordained nun in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism.

Pema Chodron held several positions including director of Karma Dzong in Colorado and director of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. She was also tasked with establishing a monastery for monks and nuns.



She currently teaches throughout Canada and the United States while working to establish the monastic tradition in the West. While doing so, she continues working with Buddhists of all traditions and allows ample time for reflection and solitary retreat. Pema Chodron has also written several popular personal development books of a spiritual nature.
 

Books by Pema Chodron

  • "The Wisdom of No Escape And The Path of Loving-Kindness" was published in 1991 and is available as a book, ebook, and audio book. In this work, Pema Chodron offers traditional Buddhist wisdom. She explains that by accepting and embracing the good and the bad that life offers, we nurture courage for living and experience more love.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

  • "Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living. Shambhala Publications" was published in 1994 and is available as an ebook, book, and audio book. This work seeks to awaken a compassionate heart. Pema Chodron offers guidance and personal development advice in the form of traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims.

I could only find this as a Kindle Book, but that might change later.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where you will find the ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)


  • "Awakening Loving-Kindness" was published in 1996 and is the pocket version of "The Wisdom of No Escape." This little book contains material based upon talks by Pema Chodron during a month long meditation retreat at the Gampo Abbey.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 5 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: Awakening Loving-Kindness (Shambhala Pocket Classics)


  • "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times" was published in 1996 and is available as an audio book, ebook, and traditional book. In this work, Pema Chodron offers traditional Buddhist advice that the only way through pain and suffering is to accept it rather than to avoid it. Pema Chodron explains that in the midst of chaos, truth and love can be found.

 If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.






  • "The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times" was published in 2002 and is available as an audio book, book, and ebook. Pema Chodron teaches in this book that we have a choice to be afraid and resentful or we can embrace the fear as a tool to opening the heart. She explains that living in the present moment is key to seeing past the fear in difficult situations.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)


  • "Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion" was published in 2003 and is available as a book and audio book. This book is a collection of daily thoughts as presented by Pema Chodron. The thoughts offer a chance for reflection and growth through a progressive spiritual study of the principles of Buddhism.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

More and more books are also becoming available as ebooks and audibles.

Here are a few links to some of the most popular ebook readers on Amazon.com:

 



  • "No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva" was published in 2005 and is available as a book and ebook. Pema Chodron uses this book to explain the way of the bodhisattva warrior by offering personal development advice for developing softer hearts and more compassion. She makes it easy for readers to understand how to apply ancient Buddhist teachings to everyday problems.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva  

  • "Practicing Peace in Times of War: A Buddhist Perspective" was published in 2006 and is available as a book, audio book, and ebook. Pema Chodron speaks to readers in war torn countries and helps them understand the nature of violence and aggression. She explains how peace or war begins in individual hearts and offers exercises individuals can use to foster more peaceful lives, no matter what may be happening in the world at large. 





  • "Don't Bite the Hook: Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions" was published in 2007 and is available as an audio book. One of the core teachings of Pema Chodron is learning how to avoid the hook that triggers negative states. In this work, she expounds on this concept and teaches how to stay centered in difficult times and how to awaken compassion.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.


  • "Always Maintain a Joyful Mind: And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness" was published in 2007 and is available as a book and ebook. In this book, Pema Chodron teaches readers about lojong, which is a collection of Tibetan Buddhist teachings that help develop compassion and wisdom.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: Always Maintain a Joyful Mind: And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness  

  • "Perfect Just as You Are: Buddhist Practices on the Four Limitless Ones--Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity" was published in 2009 and is available as an audio book. In this work, Pema Chodron explains that you are already perfect. She offers personal development advice taken from Buddhist teachings to help you realize how to nurture spiritual growth so your perfect self is realized.
 



  • "Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves From Old Habits and Fears" was published in 2010 and is available as a book and ebook. In this book, Pema Chodron elaborates on her teachings about shenpa, or the hook, that causes us to get stuck in destructive patterns. She shows readers how to recognize those patterns and offers tips for nurturing warmth, intelligence, and openness.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

  • "Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change" was published in 2012 and helps readers learn to live a joyful and peaceful life in a chaotic world. Pema Chodron offers methods for embracing the chaos as a means to awakening to personal liberation. As with her other works, Pema Chodron helps readers develop compassion and open hearts.

If you click on the image to the left it will open a new tab/window on Amazon.com, where users have given this book 5 stars out of 5.

The book can also be bought as an ebook in the flexible Amazon Kindle format (which works on PC, Mac, Android smartphone & tablet, iPad and iPhone)
- to check out the Kindle ebook on Amazon.com, please click this link: Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change



The Pema Chodron Foundation

The Pema Chodron Foundation was created to help support Chodron's work. Her mission is to spread her meditation practices and teachings to as many people as possible to promote peace in the world and kindness towards each other.

Much of her work is carried out at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia but she occasionally holds workshops at the Omega Institute.

Some of her workshops from the Institute are available on DVD on the Pema Chodron Foundation website. A great deal of her time is spent in private retreat, but her articles as well as some audios and videos can be accessed on the Foundation website. In addition, visitors to the site can register for weekly email quotes by Pema Chodron that encourage and inspire spiritual seekers.




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