Pema Chodron Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old pema chodron quotes, pema chodron sayings, and pema chodron proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather.     

Pema Chodron

Let your curiosity be greater than your fear.     

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Enlightenment is a direct experience with reality.     

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It's not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share.     

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.     

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I'm here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away.     

Pema Chödrön

Buddhism itself is all about empowering yourself, not about getting what you want.     

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Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing.     

Pema Chödrön

My moods are continuously shifting like the weather.     

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When resistance is gone, the demons are gone.     

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Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself.     

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Feeling irritated, restless, afraid, and hopeless is a reminder to listen more carefully.     

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When we protect ourselves so we won't feel pain, that protection becomes armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart.     

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Being satisfied with what we already have is a magical golden key to being alive in a full, unrestricted, and inspired way.     

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We don't sit in meditation to become good meditators. We sit in meditation so that we'll become more awake in our lives.     

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A small pepperoni pizza on a tortilla is healthier than salmon teriyaki with rice and carrots.     

Pema Chodron

Everybody loves something, even if it's only tortillas.     

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This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we're arrogant and soften us when we are unkind.     

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We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds.      

Pema Chödrön

Feeling irritated, restless, afraid, and hopeless is a reminder to listen more carefully.     

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Resistance to unwanted circumstances has the power to keep those circumstances alive and well for a very long time.     

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To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.      

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Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what's going on.     

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The most important aspect of being on a spiritual path may be to just keep moving.     

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Hell is just resistance to life.     

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Until we stop clinging to the concept of good and evil, the world will continue to manifest as friendly goddesses and harmful demons     

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When resistance is gone, the demons are gone.     

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One of the deepest habitual patterns that we have is to feel that now is not enough.     

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A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us.     

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Dharma is the study of what is, and the only way you can find out what is true is through studying yourself.      

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