Pema Chodron

A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism


Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That's not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn't understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you're given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

We feel we're supposed to be better than we are in some way. But with this practice you take yourself completely as you are. Then ironically, taking in pain - breathing it in for yourself and all others in the same boat as you are - heightens your awareness of exactly where you're stuck.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

“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 pema chodron and buddhism

“What's encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.”

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

Feeling irritated, restless, afraid, and hopeless is a reminder to listen more carefully.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism


Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other.  One inspires us, the other softens us.

Pema Chodron

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A Quote by Pema Chodron on pema chodron and buddhism

We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves.

Pema Chodron

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