Pema Chödrön Quotes

Who is Pema Chödrön?

Pema Chödrön is the acquired name of Deirdre Blomfield-Brown, an American Tibetan Buddhist nun.

Chödrön has written several dozen books including 'When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times' and 'The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times'.

Born July 14, 1936

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Best 34 Quotes by Pema Chödrön | Page 1 of 2

“All you need to know is that the future is wide open and you are about to create it by what you do.”

Pema Chödrön

“Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?”

Pema Chödrön

“Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

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

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“Just where you are – that’s the place to start.”

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“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.”

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“Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what’s out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.”

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“Running from the immediacy of our experience is like preferring death to life.”

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“Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are.”

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“The more you try to get it your way, the less you feel at home.”

Pema Chödrön

“The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.”

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“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”

Pema Chödrön

“The way to dissolve our resistance to life is to meet it face-to-face.”

Pema Chödrön

“We sow the seeds of our future hell or happiness by the way we open or close our minds right now.”

Pema Chödrön

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“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

Pema Chödrön

“You must face annihilation over and over again to find what is indestructible in yourself.”

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“Attitude is an accurate monitor of where we fall on the spectrum of pride and humility.”


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The Places That Scare You Quotes

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel’s it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but what it is to be human. We really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down so whenever we wander off, we gently encourage ourselves to 'stay' and settle down. Are we experiencing restlessness? Stay! Are fear and loathing out of control? Stay! Aching knees and throbbing back? Stay! What’s for lunch? Stay! I can’t stand this another minute! Stay!”

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The Places That Scare You

“Interrupting our destructive habits and awakening our heart is the work of a lifetime.”

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The Places That Scare You

“Live your life as an experiment.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“Things are as bad and as good as they seem. There's no need to add anything extra.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

“When we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it, when we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us, these are times that we connect with bohdichitta.”

Pema Chödrön
The Places That Scare You

When Things Fall Apart Quotes

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.”

Pema Chödrön
When Things Fall Apart

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”

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When Things Fall Apart

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“Sometimes when things fall apart, well, that’s the big opportunity to change.”

Pema Chödrön
When Things Fall Apart

“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”

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When Things Fall Apart

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