37 Enlightened Pema Chödrön Quotes to Embrace Nirvana

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Let go of your attachments and Embrace Nirvana with these life changing quotes by Pema Chödrön

1: “The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong. What a relief. Finally somebody told the truth. Suffering is part of life, and we don’t have to feel it’s happening because we personally made the wrong move.” ― Pema Chödrön

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2: “The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.” ― Pema Chödrön

3: “Resistance to unwanted circumstances has the power to keep those circumstances alive and well for a very long time.” ― Pema Chödrön

4: “Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what's out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” ― Pema Chodron

5: “There's a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable.” ― Pema Chödrön

6: “The same old demons will always come up until finally you have learned your lesson, the lesson they came to teach you.” ― Pema Chödrön

7: “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.” ― Pema Chödrön

8: “While we are sitting in meditation, we are simply exploring humanity and all of creation in the form of ourselves.” ― Pema Chödrön

9: “Death and hopelessness provide proper motivation—proper motivation for living an insightful, compassionate life.” ― Pema Chödrön

10: “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ― Pema Chödrön

11: “Trying to run away is never the answer to being a fully human. Running away from the immediacy of our experience is like preferring death to life.” ― Pema Chödrön

12: “The central question of a warrior’s training is not how we avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort.” ― Pema Chödrön

13: “The calligraphy reads, “Pointing directly at your own heart, you find Buddha.” Listening to talks about the dharma, or the teachings of Buddha, or practicing meditation is nothing other than studying ourselves.” ― Pema Chödrön

14:“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ― Pema Chödrön

15: “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth” ― Pema Chödrön

16: “We are all capable of becoming fundamentalists because we get addicted to other people's wrongness.” ― Pema Chodron

17: “The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.” ― Pema Chodron

18: “If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart.” ― Pema Chödrön

19: “Once we have the fixed idea “this is me,” then we see everything as a threat or a promise—or something we couldn’t care less about.” ― Pema Chödrön

20: “Bodhichitta is our heart – our wounded, softened heart. Right down here in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die.” ― Pema Chödrön

21: “We train in the bodhichitta practices in order to become so open that we can take the pain of the world in, let it touch our hearts, and turn it into compassion.” ― Pema Chödrön

22: “In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious—to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs—is the best use of our human lives.” ― Pema Chödrön

23: “We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.” ― Pema Chödrön

24: “Some of us can accept others right where they are a lot more easily than we can accept ourselves. We feel that compassion is reserved for someone else, and it never occurs to us to feel it for ourselves.” ― Pema Chödrön

25: “True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings.” ― Pema Chodron

26: “We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.” ― Pema Chödrön

27: “We don’t sit in meditation to become good meditators. We sit in meditation so that we’ll be more awake in our lives.” ― Pema Chödrön

28: “When we protect ourselves so we won't feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart.” ― Pema Chödrön

29: “Buddha: Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed.” ― Pema Chödrön

30: “As long as we believe that there is something that will permanently satisfy our hunger for security, suffering is inevitable.” ― Pema Chödrön

31: “When we start to ask ourselves, “Does it matter?” we realize how many aspects there are to every situation. We begin to appreciate how interconnected we are to the rest of the world, and how even our thought patterns can lead to a whole series of consequences” ― Pema Chödrön

32: “Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” ― Pema Chödrön

33: “As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find compassion.” ― Pema Chödrön

34: “We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us.” ― Pema Chödrön

35: “Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly.” ― Pema Chödrön

36: “The Buddha taught that there are three principal characteristics of human existence: impermanence, egolessness, and suffering or dissatisfaction. According to the Buddha, the lives of all beings are marked by these three qualities. Recognizing these qualities to be real and true in our own experience helps us to relax with things as they are. When” ― Pema Chödrön

37: “The Buddhist teachings are not only about removing the symptoms of suffering, they’re about actually removing the cause, or the root, of suffering.” ― Pema Chödrön

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