2012–ThankYou–Practicing Peace Birthday Retreat

Pema’s ‘Practicing Peace’ birthday retreat was a tremendous success!!

From Ukraine to Uganda, and from Tajikistan to Tibet, friends and students of Pema Chödrön from around the world gathered together in their homes and local centers on July 14 in honor of her 76th birthday. Pema had filmed a teaching just for this birthday retreat before she entered her own retreat for this entire year. Remarkably, more than 11,000 people from 101 countries gathered with many thousands more in their own communities. There was no cost for the retreat and teachings, but the many birthday offerings that were received went toward the building of a three-year retreat center, to be called Pema Chödrön Drubde, for the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling in Nepal.

Pema was delighted and deeply honored by the response.

It is only because of the interest and support of friends like you that Pema’s work can come into being. Thanks to you and your support, Pema’s world is flourishing. She has asked us to pass on her deepest appreciation and best wishes.


The nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling in Nepal

Pema’s support of these nuns in their dedication to engage in retreat is a remarkable bridge from her world back to the heart of her tradition. Her own three-year retreat years ago remains a profound turning point in her life. Making it possible for others to take part in the same traditional retreat is a perfect and personal tribute to the tradition.

Learn more about the nuns of Tsoknyi Gechak Ling