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July 2021 Newsletter

News from The Pema Chödrön Foundation
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Dear friends,

Please join us in wishing Pema a Happy 85th Birthday on July 14th!

We are delighted to take this opportunity to bring you up to date on Pema’s activities, and the activities of The Foundation. Thank you so very much for your support. With your help, Pema has been able to expand her reach to even more programs needing our help during these extremely challenging times.

                  Please consider making a donation in honor of Pema’s birthday!

News of Pema
Pema spent the winter months in retreat in Colorado this year. She has been fortunate to have remained safe and healthy throughout the pandemic, and of course, she hopes the same for each of you.

This month, Pema will be giving an online talk at Mangala Shri Bhuti on July 11th along with her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche. The talk will be available for viewing through August 10th.
Registration is available here.

Pema will spend the remainder of the year in Colorado and will hopefully return to Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia early next year.

Projects We Support
Malezi School
Supporting at-risk communities

Pema is very committed to helping at-risk populations, and thanks to so many of you, The Pema Chödrön Foundation has been able to increase our giving in this area in 2021. We continue our grant support to Malezi School in Kenya, enabling them to provide breakfast and lunch daily to 220 undernourished children and 9 teachers, as well as now provide emergency food relief to the larger community during Covid.

Additionally, the foundation supports The Oscar Grant Foundation in Oakland, California, which works to help bridge the gap of distrust between individuals in at-risk communities and law enforcement. Pema and The Foundation also continue to support Homeboy Industries, Prison Mindfulness Institute, and Nonviolent Peaceforce, among several others. Please visit our website to learn more and consider making a contribution here.

Supporting Nuns

One of Ani Pema’s deepest aspirations is that Buddhist nuns are able to receive the full training and education required to fully realize the wisdom of the tradition and to carry it into the future. It is more vital than ever that these nuns receive the same education and support as monks, and Pema is making this a reality. Any donation that you could give to support Pema’s nuns projects 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

The Book Initiative

With your help, the Book Initiative continues to send thousands of Pema’s books at no cost to prisons, hospitals, counseling centers, homeless shelters, and individuals. Please contact us here to find out more and request books for organizations or individuals that would benefit.
Thanks to a grant from Donaldson Trust, and the support of many of you who have contributed to this project, our outreach continues to grow. Please consider supporting this wonderful program.
Planned Giving

As you prepare your will or trust, please consider including the Pema Chödrön Foundation. Your planned generosity will have a great impact for years to come, and insure that Pema’s work continues well into the future. Please contact for more information.

Pema Chodron Foundation Bookstore

When you purchase Pema’s books, CD’s, DVD’s and audio downloads from our on-line bookstore, all profit goes directly towards supporting Pema’s work. Shipping is free inside the US!
The Pema Chödrön Foundation Bookstore

Also, be sure to check out Pema’s new course offering entitled Igniting the Heart: Awakening Compassion to Transform Your World from Prajna Studios/Shambhala Publications.

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

Gampo Abbey
Pema and The Board of The Pema Chödrön Foundation extend our deepest thanks for all of your support and interest in Pema’s work.

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