Pema Chodron

A Quote by Pema Chodron on lovingkindness, self, brilliance, life, respect, and buddhism

Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it's important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn't just ourselves that we're discovering. We're discovering the universe.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on humanity, loneliness, life, and belonging

Better to join in with humanity than to set ourselves apart.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron, the wisdom of no escape, buddhism, pain, pleasure, meditation, courage, and growth

There's a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the same.

A much more interesting, kind, adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet.  To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is.

Pema Chodron

Source: The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving Kindness (Shambhala Classics), Pages: 3

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on buddhism

“An analogy for bodhichitta is the rawness of a broken heart. Sometimes this broken heart gives birth to anxiety and panic, sometimes to anger, resentment, and blame. But under the hardness of that armor there is the tenderness of genuine sadness. This is our link with all those who have ever loved. This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we’re arrogant and soften us when we are unkind. It awakens us when we prefer to sleep and pierces through our indifference. This continual ache of the heart is a blessing that when accepted fully can be shared with all.”

Pema Chodron

Source: The Places that Scare You : A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on presence, openness, and practice

If your everyday practice is open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that - then that will take you are far as you can go.  And then you'll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on womenswisdom

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space."

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on bodhichitta, compassion, love, sadness, the places that scare you, pema chodron, and broken heart

"Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bhodichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. [...]

Sometimes this broken heart gives birth to anxiety and panic, sometimes to anger, resentment, and blame. But under the hardness of that armor there is the tenderness of genuine sadness. This is our link with all those who have ever loved. This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we're arrogant and soften us when we are unkind. It awakens us when we prefer to sleep and pierces through our indifference. This continual ache of the heart is a blessing that when accepted fully can be shared with all."

Pema Chodron

Source: The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on spirituality and enlightenment

Enlightenment is a direct experience with reality.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron, ego, peace, fear, irratable, and happiness

Ego is like a room of your own, a room with a view with the temperature and the smells and the music that you like. You want it your own way. You'd just like to have a little peace, you'd like to have a little happiness, you know, just gimme a break. But the more you think that way, the more you try to get life to come out so that it will always suit you, the more your dear of other people and what's outside your room grows. Rather than becoming more relaxed, you start pulling down the shades and locking the door. When you do go out, you find the experience more and more unsettling and disagreeable. You become touchier, more fearful, more irritable than ever. The more you try to get it your way, the less you feel at home.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on fundamental, hope, better, me, emerge, jump, and ourselves

We can drop the fundamental hope that there is a better "me" who one day will emerge. We can't just jump over ourselves as if we were not there.

Pema Chodron

Source: From the book "When Things Fall Apart"

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