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You Can't Get There From Here

Pema Chodron

When you sit down to meditate, you can bring to your practice the notion of the threefold purity: not being caught up with ideas about yourself, not being caught up with ideas about the practice, and ...

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5K reads, 4 comments

To Be Continually Thrown Out Of The Nest

Pema Chodron

We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that's death. Seeking security or p...

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15K reads, 10 comments

Laziness As Our Personal Teacher

Pema Chodron

The path of awakening is a process. It’s a process of gradually learning to become intimate with our so-called obstacles. So rather than feeling discouraged by laziness, we could look into our l...

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14K reads, 5 comments

The Trick is to Keep Seeing

Pema Chodron

(The Tibetan word shenpa) is usually translated “attachment,” but a more descriptive translation might be “hooked.” When shenpa hooks us, we’re likely to get stuck. We co...

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29K reads, 4 comments

Reaching Underneath Our Protective Shell

Pema Chodron

There's a slogan in the Mahayana teachings that says, "Drive all blames onto oneself." The essence of this slogan is, "When it hurts so bad, it's because I am hanging on so tigh...

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21K reads, 16 comments

Learning to Stay

Pema Chodron

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...

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24K reads, 3 comments

Cool Loneliness

Pema Chodron

As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resoluti...

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30K reads, 16 comments

The Shenpa Syndrome

Pema Chodron

Someone criticizes you. They criticize your work or your appearance or your child. At moments like that, what is it you feel? It has a familiar taste in your mouth, it has a familiar smell. Once yo...

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50K reads, 6 comments

Start Where You Are

Pema Chodron

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves--the heavy-duty fearing that we're bad and hoping that we're good, the identities t...

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7K reads