Program Details

Pema Chodron Birthday Celebration

with Lea Barrow
July 14 / 10:00 AM - July 14 / 3:00 PM

Please join us in celebrating Pema’s 77th birthday by taking part in our 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. Join thousands from around the world to help make this a reality.

Pema has filmed a teaching just for this occasion, offering advice, encouragement, and meditation instruction. 


10:00 AM to Noon: Watch video of Pema’s teaching

Noon to 1:00 PM: Lunch (You may bring your own or go out)

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Practice meditation and techniques that Ani Pema has taught in the past. (Practice will include working in pairs, guided meditation and investigation of practicing instruction.) 

Pema’s teaching is offered free of charge and all who can are invited to make a small or large donation to Pema’s Nepal Nuns project.

Pema is looking forward to sharing her birthday with you and she would love to know who will be taking part and where you are from, so please register soon at, then contact Larissa at so she can plan seating at the Center.

Let others know about this wonderful opportunity to celebrate Pema’s birthday and bring peace into our lives and throughout the world.

Lea W. Barrow is a long-time meditation practitioner in the Shambhala tradition. She has studied and practiced with Pema Chodron for more than 30 years. Lea was the coordinator of the Grass Valley Shambhala Meditation Group for 8 years and recently has been teaching classes on Radical Acceptance through the Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center.

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