Pema Chödrön

A guiding light for your life’s journey

Pema Chödrön is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many modern-day spiritual classics, including When Things Fall Apart; Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better; The Places That Scare You; How to Meditate; No Time to Lose, Living Beautifully, and more. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia. 

Online Courses

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Using The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Pema helps you approach ideas around death not with fear but curiosity.

Liberate yourself from patterns of suffering, rise to life’s challenges, and reawaken the limitless freedom that lies within you.

Learn to use challenges, frustrations, or fears as ways to awaken the natural and boundless capacity of your heart.

Books, Audiobooks, and eBooks

Classic teachings in your hand

Pema Chödrön’s first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation.

A dialogue between two hearts and minds deeply joined in the simple practice of compassion.

Tools for learning to stay with uneasiness and open your heart toward yourself and others.

A gem of clarity and compassion to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts.

Begin your journey to greater openness and self-acceptance. 

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Your home for connection and wellbeing

Discover more Pema when you join our online community for transformative teachings, live classes, guided meditations, community events, and more with the leading wisdom teachers of our time.

“This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted, and shaky—that’s called liberation.”

– Pema Chödrön

Free teachings to start you on the path

What people are saying about Pema Chödrön


“The entire experience helped me shift my perspective on life and propensities. Thank you.”

Janet W

“Pema Chödrön  is always enlightening and informative. Her way of teaching is easy to take in and makes me want to hear more. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”

Marilyn M.

“Grateful and blessed.
Pema is always enlightening and brings so much love and open heart. I feel blessed each time I receive her messages.”

Sandra H.

Pema feels like an old friend! Love her humor, her calming presence, her down to earth way of transmitting wisdom and her ability to make us feel OK with the way we are as we make our way on this incredible journey. Thank you for making her teachings accessible. 


“Beautiful and transforming experience! Pema Chödrön opens incredible insights by being exquisitely human, relatable, compassionate and funny, while clearly deeply understanding the material she teaches.”

Natalija G.

“The future is completely open, and we’re writing it moment to moment.”

– Pema Chödrön



Presence FAQ

Can I participate in an Inquiry discussion group?

The Diamond Approach is offering live, online Inquiry groups to accompany this course at a discounted rate — $100 for eight, 90-minute sessions, where you’ll take turns with other students working one-on-one with an expert teacher. This is completely optional and available after purchasing Presence.


How do I purchase Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment?

You can purchase it here.


How do I access Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment after I have purchased it?

To access your course, you will need to:

  • Log in to your Sounds True account
  • Click on “Digital Library” (located in the maroon navigation bar at the top right of the page)
  • Click on “Online Courses” (located on the left side of the page)
  • Find Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment
  • Click on “go to course”


How do I contact customer service?

You may contact us Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm MT.
Phone: US Customers 1.800.333.9185 #3
Phone: International Customers 1.303.665.3151 #3


What browsers do you recommend?

We recommend the most recent version of Safari for Mac users or Google Chrome for PC users (with a second choice of Firefox). We do not recommend using Internet Explorer—but if you must, please use version 11 or higher.


How do I access my bonuses?

To access Realization Unfolds: A Conversation between A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti, you will need to:

  • Log in to your Sounds True account
  • Click on “Digital Library” (located in the maroon navigation bar at the top right of the page)
  • Click on “Online Courses” (located on the left side of the page)
  • Find Realization Unfolds: A Conversation between A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti
  • Click on “go to course”


I already have the bonus in my library. Can I substitute it for something else?

Unfortunately, it is part of the bundle, and substitutions are not allowed.


Can I download the course audio or video content to a computer or mobile device?

You can download the audio/video content onto your computer or Android mobile device. With the exception of eBooks, Apple has restrictions that prevent items from being downloaded directly to iOS devices, unless purchased from iTunes or Apple. Digital items may be downloaded to your computer and then synchronized to your iOS device via iTunes. Courses are also available to stream within the Sounds True App.


Can I stream the live sessions from a computer or my mobile device?

Live sessions are viewable on Mac and PC. You can stream them on Android and Apple mobile devices through the browser. If you are not using WiFi, please check with your mobile carrier, as additional data rates may apply.


How do I know what time live sessions start if I live abroad or in a different time zone?

All events are Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. Here is the schedule. Please use a time zone converter of your choice or


Why is the video player blank, or why can’t I hear it?

Player solutions:

  • The session has not started. Please wait a few minutes.
  • Try refreshing your browser window or clearing your browser’s cache.
  • If the broadcast stops or you see a black screen, try refreshing your browser window.
  • If you are using a Windows PC, we recommend using the Google Chrome web browser.
  • If you are on a Mac, we recommend using the Safari web browser.
  • If you can’t hear anything, check the two places your volume is controlled. One is your video player and the other is your computer.


Are the sessions live or prerecorded?

The course videos are prerecorded. Videos noted as “Live” are live.


What is your return policy?

Click here for the Sounds True return policy.