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December 2021 Newsletter

News from The Pema Chödrön Foundation
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Dear friends,

We hope you have all remained healthy and safe in 2021, another challenging year for so many. All of us at The Pema Chödrön Foundation aspire that Pema’s teachings on kindness, compassion and patience continue to be practiced and shared in these difficult times, and always.

In spite of the challenges, and thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we have been able to continue to share Pema’s teachings and sponsor the many projects dear to her heart. With your help, The Pema Chödrön Foundation looks forward to expanding our reach in 2022.

                  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 has recently come out of her 100 day retreat in Colorado. Soon she will travel to Gampo Abbey for Yarne, the traditional monastic winter retreat.

From May 22-29, 2022, Pema will teach at Omega Institute with her long time teaching companion Tim Olmsted – “This year, Pema shares the practices that have most impacted her life. Through the practices of “compassionate abiding” and “exchange,” known in the Tibetan language as tonglen—or “taking and giving”—we can use the most difficult or painful parts of our lives as stepping stones to open up and connect with the world.”

The in person workshop has sold out, but you can get on the waitlist by contacting Omega at 877-944-2002. Additionally, watch Pema’s social media for forthcoming information on how to register for the live stream of the workshop.

The Foundation’s Projects
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
Malezi School

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 2021 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, Prison Yoga Project, 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 personal and gift 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.

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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