Here’s reason to celebrate: the American Buddhist nun (and frequent Shambhala Sun contributor!) Pema Chödrön turns 79 today.
Born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936 — read her life story, “Becoming Pema” — she’s now beloved as a teacher to us all. So what better way to honor her than to make a little time and absorb some of her wisdom? Here’s a selection of some of Pema’s classic Sunarticles to get you started. (Or, you can always browse our special “Teacher Spotlight” page here on Lion’s Roar.) And don’t miss the September 2015Shambhala Sun magazine, featuring a conversation with Pema and k.d. lang, as well as “What Is the Most Important Teaching?”, a new teaching by Pema.
Turn Your Thinking Upside-Down — We base our lives on seeking happiness and avoiding suffering, but the best thing we can do for ourselves—and for the planet—is to turn this whole way of thinking upside down. Pema Chödrön shows us Buddhism’s radical side.
Looking Into Laziness — Rather than feeling discouraged by laziness, Pema tells us, we could get to know laziness profoundly. This very moment of laziness becomes our personal teacher.
How We Get Hooked and How We Get Unhooked — Shenpa, Pema teaches us, is the urge, the hook, that triggers our habitual tendency to close down. We get hooked in that moment of tightening when we reach for relief. To get unhooked we begin by recognizing that moment of unease and learn to relax in that moment.