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Pema Chödrön

  • If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart ...

  • True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings.

  • It's a transformative experience to simply pause instead of immediately filling up the space. By waiting, we begin to connect with fundamental restlessness as well as fundamental spaciousness.

  • If there's any possibility for enlightenment, it's right now, not at some future time. Now is the time.

  • There are many changes in the weather of a day.

  • Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.

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

  • ... we come to realize that other people's welfare is just as important as our own. In helping them, we help ourselves. In helping ourselves, we help the world.

  • We keep missing the moment we're in. Yet if we can experience the moment we're in, we discover that it is unique, precious, and completely fresh. It never happens twice. One can appreciate and celebrate each moment — there’s nothing more sacred. There’s nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there’s nothing more!

  • Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all.

  • To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.

  • We are all capable of becoming fundamentalists because we get addicted to other people's wrongness.

    • Pema Chödrön
  • You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

    • Pema Chödrön
  • Everything in your life — every moment, every struggle — is the path. Everything is an opportunity for awakening.

  • Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to let another person or event control your emotions.

    • Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön, U.S. Tibetan Buddhist nun, writer, senior teacher

(1936)

Born: Deirdre Blomfield-Brown.