Program Details

Practice for Peace: Pema Chodron's Birthday [Jul 14, 9:30-12:00]

July 14 / 9:30 AM - July 14 / 12:00 PM




Practice for Peace: Pema Chodron's Birthday from 9:30 am to Noon

Please join us in celebrating Pema Chodron's 77th birthday by taking part in her second annual Birthday Retreat. On this day, Pema invites you to meditate for a few hours or for the entire day, alone or with friends. Pema’s deepest hope is that this will help us plant the seed of peace in our own hearts, in our homes and in our communities.

At the Dallas Shambhala Meditation Center, we'll be practicing from 9:30-noon. Come for all or part of the practice. Practice will include sitting, walking, and contemplation. Pema has recorded a teaching just for this occasion offering advice, encouragement, and meditation instruction. We'll watch Pema's video message at the beginning of practice.

This retreat and the teachings from Pema are free, and open to everyone. If you’re able and inspired, please consider making an offering to Pema’s Nepal Nuns project. Thanks to the generosity of many around the world, building of ‘Pema Chödrön Drupde’, a new three-year retreat center for the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling nunnery in the hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, has begun. This year, the focus is on supporting these nuns in their study and retreat with books, heating fuel, beds and linens, food, etc.

We'll be accepting offerings on behalf of the nuns at the Shambhala Center, if you prefer to offer cash. 

You can also participate in the retreat from wherever you are, any time on July 14. Register here for free to obtain the link to Pema's recording.

If you can't take part in the retreat, but would like to make a birthday offering please go – here

About Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners and has written several books, including:






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