Pema Chodron | Core Spirit

Pema Chodron

Confirmed Luminary

Pema Chodron taught in elementary school for many years in New Mexico and California.

Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for a few years. She became a nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Pema received her ordination from him.

Pema first met her root teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime inspired her to work with Rinpoche, and it was with him that she finally made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she got the full monastic ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong.

Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong, in Boulder, until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to lead Gampo Abbey. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche asked her to work towards the establishment of a monastery for western monks and nuns.

Now Pema teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.

Pema is interested in helping establish the monastic tradition in the West, as well in keeping up her work with Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. She has written several books: “The Wisdom of No Escape”, “Start Where You Are”, “When Things Fall Apart”, “The Places that Scare You”, “No Time to Lose” and “Practicing Peace in Times of War”, and most recently, “Smile at Fear”.

Related Practitioners from respective fields

Lavanya Kumar Shrivastava
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Clinical Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy)
NLP
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Erickson Hypnosis
Mindfulness meditation
I wish to build awareness amongst people about SELF IMAGE.I suffered a lot.!!!! Through initial stages of my life due to hurt SELF IMAGE. I rebuild it by rep...
Helen Amery
Leicester, UK
Nondualism
Awakening
Buddhism
Coaching
Neuropsychology
I guide you back to your essential nature and out of the confusion of the illusion of self. I help you awaken to the truth of 'no self' and enlighten from t...
Gemma Sheppard
Hanoi, Vietnam
SMART Goals
Communication
NLP
Self Help
Coaching
Gemma BSc (Hons) is an empowerment coach who is fully committed to her clients. Using her extensive psychology knowledge and direct approach, Gemma helps cli...
Holly Cole
273 NW 182nd Ave, Beaverton, OR 97006, USA
Human Spirit
Healing
Tarot Reading
Spiritual Healing
Distance Healing
Hello! I am a professional Tarot card reader of 13+ years and LOVE getting to connect with people through Tarot. My style of Tarot is somewhat like a spiritu...
Carmel Sastre
Spain
Chakra Balancing
Healing
Crystal healing
Spiritual Healing
Reiki
Energy Healer with successful results with my Remote Distant Energy Healing sessions and Chakra balancing. I created my own Psychic Energy and Spiritual Hea...
Jo Green - The Health and Mind Coach
Liston Crescent, Cockle Bay, Auckland 2014, New Zealand
Health & Wellness
NLP
Clinical Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy)
Group coaching
Coaching
Hi! I'm Jo and I'm a certified Life Coach, Health Coach, NLP Practitioner and Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist. I work predominantly with women, helping the...
Lorena Ulloa Mayorga
Alvalade, Luanda, Angola
Energy
Kundalini yoga
Dynamic meditation
Vinyasa yoga
Breathing Meditation (Pranayama)
I am Lorena Ulloa. I practice yoga since 2007 and teach since 2010. I move around the world. Currently I live in Angola. I practice yoga and meditate daily....
Shira Cohen
Joseph Ledelstraat, 2518 KM Den Haag, Netherlands
Guided Meditation
Emotional Intelligence
Loving Kindness Meditation
Yoga Therapy
Mindfulness
Yoga teacher & therapist, Ayurvedic Wellness Educator & Writer at Shira Cohen Yoga My passion is guiding you to physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, th...