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December 2020 Newsletter

News from The Pema Chödrön Foundation
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Dear friends,

As 2020 draws to a close, we wanted to bring you an update on Pema’s activities, as well as the activities of The Foundation. It has been an extraordinarily challenging year on so many fronts, and one in which Pema’s teachings on kindness, compassion and patience have been more relevant than ever. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we have been able to continue to support Pema’s message and sponsor many projects dear to Pema’s heart. With your help, The Pema Chödrön Foundation looks forward to supporting even more programs in 2021.

                  Please consider donating again as a part of your year end giving.

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News of Pema
Pema is doing very well, she has remained healthy and is back in Colorado and in retreat.

As many of you know, Pema’s 2020 weekend teaching at Omega Institute was rescheduled as an online event in September. The talk was entitled “Welcoming the Unwelcome” and was very pertinent to these groundless times in which we all find ourselves.

Pema plans to return to Omega to teach again in 2022.

The Foundation’s Projects
Sher Gompa
Sher Gompa
Supporting Nuns
It is Pema’s deepest wish that Buddhist nuns are able to receive the full training and education needed to fully realize the wisdom of the tradition and to carry it into the future. It’s vital that these nuns receive the same education and support as their male counterparts. With your help, The Pema Chödrön Foundation is making this wish a reality. Please help to support the nuns projects we sponsor. A donation of any amount would be appreciated tremendously. Read more about the nuns we support:

Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Nunnery
Karma Drubdey Nunnery in Bhutan
Monastic College of Surmang Dutsi Til
Sher Gompa
Himalayan Nuns

Our deepest gratitude to all who have supported these wonderful projects!

Supporting At-risk Populations
Pema remains eager to do as much as she can to support and uplift at-risk communities. The Pema Chödrön Foundation has again provided a grant in 2020 to Malezi School in Nairobi, Kenya, in one of the poorest slums in the area. Our increased support has not only expanded their meals program, but has allowed them to provide masks and hand washing stations, as well as retain teachers during the pandemic. Nourishing these children with breakfast and lunch, and providing a safe school space, has had a profound impact on their opportunity to learn and their overall well being. Watch a short clip about the Malezi School Meals Program here.

The Foundation also continues to support the wonderful efforts of Homeboy Industries, Prison Mindfulness Institute, iGrow Chicago, Lotus International, and several programs supporting homeless youth. Please visit our website to learn more about these programs, and consider making a contribution here.

The Book Initiative
The Book Initiative is continuing the grow! The PCF has sent thousands of Pema’s books at no cost to prisons, hospitals, counseling centers, homeless shelters, and individuals around the world. Thanks to a grant from Donaldson Trust, and the support of many of you who believe in this project, our outreach continues to grow year after year. Please consider supporting this wonderful program here.
Pema Chodron Foundation Bookstore
Please consider The Pema Chödrön Foundation Bookstore for your holiday shopping needs! When you purchase Pema’s books, CD’s and DVD’s from our on-line bookstore, all proceeds go directly towards supporting Pema’s work. Gift-wrapping is free, as is shipping inside the US!

The Pema Chödrön Foundation Bookstore

The Essential Pema is a topical guide
through all of Pema’s teachings,
downloadable and free.

Malezi School
Pema and The Board of The Pema Chödrön Foundation extend our deepest thanks for all of your support and interest in Pema’s work, now and throughout the year. With warmest wishes for a peaceful and safe holiday season and much love to each of you in the new year.
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