Program Details

Smile At Fear: DVD Class

with Larry Teitelbaum & Mary Coonan
June 24 / 7:00 PM - July 15 / 9:00 PM

The "Smile at Fear" retreat is an opportunity to practice and study Pema's talks, as she teaches wisdom learned from her own teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. Using his book of the same title, she shows how to approach the things that scare us in a radically different way than we're accustomed to, and in doing so to discover how astonishingly insignificant fear really is—and how surprisingly simple it is to access the heart of fearlessness. These are Buddhist teachings and practices that can become resources for a lifetime.

Smile at Fear, the book, is available in our bookstore. Meditation instructors will be available to meet with at the program.

Join us for dvd talks and practice with the teachings of the highly renowned and much loved Western Buddhist nun, Ani Pema Chödrön.

Open to the public.


Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren. 

While in her mid-thirties, she became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him. Pema first met her root guru, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, (the "Vidyadhara") in 1972, who she studied with from 1974 until his death in 1987. Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong in Boulder, Colorado until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey. The Vidyadhara gave her explicit instructions on running Gampo Abbey. The success of her first two books, The Wisdom of No Escape and Start Where You Are, made her something of a celebrity as a woman Buddhist teacher and as a specialist in the mahayana lojong teachings. 

Pema is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monastacism in the West, as well in continuing her work with western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. She has written many books including: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times and The Places That Scare You, No Time to Lose, Practicing Peace in Times of War, and Taking the Leap.

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