Ani Pema Chödrön

Acharya Ani Pema Chödrön

Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.

While in her mid-thirties, Ani Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him.

Ani Pema first met her root guru, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Rinpoche, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong. She moved in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave her explicit instructions on establishing this monastery for western monks and nuns.

Ani Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Ani Pema is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in the West, as well in continuing her work with western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. Gampo Abbey is supported primarily by individual donations. Other information may be found at the Pema Chödrön Foundation.

She has written several books. See list below.

Teaching Schedule

Ani Pema Choldron is in a year long retreat. She is looking forward to spending 2012 in retreat without scheduling any teaching programs, no email and no phone calls until 2013. Her 2013 teaching schedule will be announced at a later date.

Pema’s birthday ‘Practicing Peace’ virtual retreat
Saturday, July 14, 2012Dear Friends,As you may know, Pema is in retreat for all of 2012. When asked how her friends and students could share in her retreat, she suggested that people could practice, with others or alone, on her birthday, Saturday, July 14.Pema has made a video of a teaching just for this occasion, offering advice, encouragement, and meditation instruction. All you need to do it register and we’ll email you the link to the video on July 1st. (you’ll be able to listen to this whenever you want, and as often as you want)

There’s no cost to do this, but any donations made to the Pema Chödrön Foundation for this retreat will support a very special project that Pema is dedicated to, the building of a three-year retreat center (Pema Chödrön Drupde) in Nepal for a remarkable, and threatened, lineage of nuns from Tibet.

For more information go here –

“Please enjoy this day of practicing peace together. This is a wonderful way to enrich our lives, and extend our hearts into the world. Thank you for making this a wonderful birthday.” – Pema


Always Maintain a Joyful Mind
Awakening Loving-Kindness
Be Grateful to Everyone
Comfortable with Uncertainty
No Time to Lose
Practicing Peace in Times of War
Wisdom of No Escape
Start Where You Are
When Things Fall Apart
The Places that Scare You