August 25, 2009

Why Pema Chodron became a Buddhist

"I became a Buddhist because I hated my husband," Pema Chodron tells us with a laugh.

pema chodronI always like to hear how people came to the dharma and this YouTube video doesn't disappoint. It wasn't until she read about the "power of negativity"—now a chapter in Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's classic The Myth of Freedom—that Ani Pema began to see a way out—or through—the wreckage of her life. Take a watch, she tells us why she eventually became a nun, too. The clip has been up for quite a while (30,000 views) but if you haven't yet seen it (I hadn't), it's worth it.

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it is true that sometimes, life challenges are opportunities for waking up