In the midst of fear, anger, or sadness it may seem impossible to find our ground. Yet, the feelings we want to avoid the most can open the way to fearlessness, our basic goodness, and true freedom. Beloved Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n has a unique gift for helping those of all faiths to work with their most difficult inner and outer challenges. In this supportive series of talks, listeners will join her at her best - showing us the way back to our wisest and most heartful selves.Â Here, Pema shares three simple, time-honored steps to practice when we are in pain or crisis:Â Finding the stillness and space within our inner storms so that we can act rather than react Using all of our felt experiences - positive and negative - as a direct path not only to immediate relief, but to real courage, nurtured through compassion Transforming our emotions and welcoming them as friends The feelings that we want to run from, Pema tells us, offer us the very fuel we need to grow our strength and self-acceptance. With Three Steps to Courage, you will learn how to do just that - with welcome support and inspiration along the way.Â Program Highlights Session 1: Refraining from Emotional ReactivityÂ The three steps to courage Guided Practice: Feeling Our FeelingsÂ Facing debilitating insecurity and feeling with kindness "Recognition" and the ability to refrain Releasing our storylines and softening into experience Emotions and intimacy Session 2: Emotions as Paths of AwakeningÂ Melting the ice cube: becoming intimate with your experienceÂ The mindful gap, letting go, and clear seeing Q&A topics: holding space, recognizing wisdom, empathy, and basic goodness Session 3: Transforming EmotionsÂ Working with grief and loneliness Courage, ignorance, and the "qualities" game Cultivating spaciousness with tonglen practice Q&A topics: karmic seeds, shenpa, patience, loneliness, optimism, regret, virtue, and the healing power of love PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.Â Â Â
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Pema Chodron, one of the West's most beloved teachers of Buddhism, makes the Tibetan vajrayana tradition accessible in today's world. Now three of her most popular teachings are available in one audiobook set. The Pema Chodron Collection includes: Pure Meditation: step-by-step instruction in Tibetan Buddhism's pinnacle practice for transformation and letting go Good Medicine: teachings in tonglen, an elegant meditation that allows us to use our troubles to befriend ourselves and widen our circle of compassion From Fear to Fearlessness: offers an antidote to fear in the four noble aspirations: maitri (lovingkindness), compassion, joy, and equanimityFor the first time, enjoy over seven hours of Ani Pema's trademark humor and a down-to-earth style in one collectors edition.
Â©2004 Pema Chodron (P)2004 Sounds True
When it comes to meditation, Pema Chodron is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost teachers. Yet she's never offered an introductory course on audio - until now. In How to Meditate with Pema Chodron, subtitled "A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind", the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation. Through traditional insights and her personal guidance in 12 sitting sessions, Chodron will help you honestly meet with, and compassionately relate to, your mind as you explore: The basics of mindfulness awareness practice, from proper posture, to learning to settle, to breathing and relaxation Gentleness, patience, and humor - three ingredients for a well-balanced practice Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight" - instead of obstacles - in meditation
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Discover the Buddha's six keys to greater ease, compassion, and fulfillment. We may tell ourselves that once our lives get on track - with a good career, a loving partner, and a better sense of security - then we'll be able to focus on our greater purpose here. Deep down, many of us have felt this way. But is this really true? "What if it's not the life you wish you had," asks Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, "but the one you've gotÂ that holds what you need to reach your highest potential?" With Journey to Fulfillment, this beloved teacher shows us how wisdom, purpose, and true freedom begin right here and how the Six Paramitas of Buddhism can help us to find them. The Sanskrit word paramitas means "actions that take us to the other shore". Like travelers, Pema illustrates, we stand on the bank of a river, with all of our worries, confusion, and unfulfilled wants. Yet across the water we see those who have found ease, clarity of mind, and a deep tenderness for others. To help us make that crossing, the Buddha offered the paramitas. In this audio program, listeners will learn to understand and apply these six transcendent aids: generosity, discipline, patience, joyful enthusiasm, meditation, and wisdom. Here, Pema shows those of all faiths how to use the paramitas to move out of isolation and into loving connection, from constriction to ease, and from fear to the compassionate courage of our awakened nature.
Â©2021 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2021 Sounds True
It's one thing to hear a life-changing truth or to have a conceptual grasp on spiritual wisdom. But itÂ’s another thing to "walk the walk" - or to put into practice the good advice we've been given. What does it mean to walk the walk in our everyday lives? According to Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, it means being down-to-earth, genuine, and perhaps most importantly, it means engaging in the teachings in order to actively confront anything and everything weÂ’ve heretofore rejected in our attempts to find happiness. Created to help us respond with compassion and authenticity when our spiritual ideals are put to the test, Walking the Walk brings you four inspirational sessions with Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, as you explore: Stabilizing the Mind - awareness, presence, and the foundation of the spiritual path Unconditional Friendship with Yourself - getting unstuck from the patterns that create our own misery Freedom from Fixed Mind - how to release biases and prejudices to revitalize your everyday experiences Taking Care of One Another - essential guidance in the ability to truly be there for others The teachings in these sessions are not about perfection or unrealistic standards. "Baby steps are okay when learning to walk the walk," explains Pema. No matter the situation you find yourself in, here is a program for remaining true to the values we seek to live by, and staying open to the kindness and love that is always available to support us.
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What if you could cultivate the mind of a bodhisattva -- one who has dedicated one's life to the benefit of others? According to Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, best-selling author and American-born Buddhist nun, you can. On Bodhisattva Mind, she examines sheshin, or "guarding alertness", and the other qualities of mind we need to develop on the path to enlightenment. "We all have a consciousness that knows what helps and what causes harm," says Ani Pema. "With this same ability, we can 'tame our minds', and extricate ourselves from suffering." A practicum of insights and meditations from this cherished teacher, Bodhisattva Mind shows us how to connect with the spacious, clear, unbiased nature of our minds and experience the joy of complete freedom.
Â©2006 Pema Chodron
Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children - and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses. In this recorded weekend retreat, Pema draws on Buddhist teachings from The Way of the Bodhisattva to reveal how we can: Stay centered in the midst of difficulty Improve stressful relationships Step out of the downward spiral of self-hatred Awaken compassion for ourselves and others
Â©2018 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2018 Random House Audio
Have you ever found yourself thinking your way into a tangle of fret, frustration, or gloom? And then something small - a few kind words, the sun glancing through the clouds, a warm cup of tea - gave you a welcome pause from all your inner chatter? With Making Friends with Your Mind, that's what Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n helps us to do, not by chance but with our full intention: to stop fighting with our thoughts and reopen ourselves to wonder as naturally as we breathe. The Buddha saw that the human experience is full of drama: confusion and conviction, joy and sorrow, success and failure - and that our minds love to amplify all of it. "We decide somebody or something is a certain way," muses Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, "and then that judgment gets frozen and fixated, long after things change. And things always change, right?" In these free-spirited sessions, Ani Pema helps you to bring awareness to those inflexible thoughts and sticking points. Through meditations, daily practices, and the kind of simple pointers that can change our lives, you'll learn that it is entirely possible to return to the flow and freedom of your experiences - and to find your way each day closer to a place of unconditional friendliness with yourself and with those in need.
Â©2016 Sounds True (P)2016 Sounds True
We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us. Why, in the face of that, shouldn't we cling for safety to the certainty of the shore - to our comfortably familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging leads only to even greater suffering. In this recorded retreat, based on the program Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change held at Omega Institute, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n and her teaching assistant, Meg Wheatley, provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. It's the secret of being fully alive. The teachings and practices they present includes: A teaching based on a Native American prophecy for cultivating the ability to take nothing personally A guided meditation for developing patience in the midst of irritation Tips for accessing your innate strength and confidence - simply by altering your posture
Â©2017 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2017 Random House Audio
When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n promised that she'd speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. "What do we do when life doesn't go the way we hoped?" begins Pema. "We say 'I'm a failure.'" But what if failing wasn't just "okay"... but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being? Here, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n offers us her heartfelt advice on facing the unknown - in ourselves and in the world - and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For listeners of all faiths who are at a life crossroads, this brilliant gem of kindness and clarity is sure to earn its place in our kitchens, offices, and backpacks, ready to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts. Includes an in-depth interview with Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n and Tami Simon.
Â©2015 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2015 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n
Life, death, and rebirth - Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n on the Tibetan Book of the Dead What happens when we die? One of the most treasured resources for understanding this essential question is the Tibetan Book of the Dead. With Embracing the Unknown, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n delves into the teachings of this extraordinary Buddhist text - not only for what it tells us about the journey of the soul beyond this life but also as a source of profound wisdom for navigating the uncertainty we face each day in Â“the bardo of this lifeÂ”. In this landmark appearance recorded live at the Omega Institute, Pema explores the universal mystery of life, death, and rebirth, including: What is the bardo? How any state between an ending and a beginning gives us an unparalleled opportunity for transformation What is rebirth? Pema takes a deeper look at this concept and how it also occurs in our moment-to-moment experience Can we let go? Guidance for honoring the difficult emotions of fear, sadness, and grief with an open and curious heart How can we prepare? Meditation techniques and everyday practices for befriending change, groundlessness, and the unknown What can we really know about death? Why the teachings of the Book of the Dead are valuable no matter what you believe Â“Death isnÂ’t just something that happens at the end,Â” teaches Pema. Â“Life is continually arising, dwelling, ceasing, and arising. ItÂ’s a cycle that goes on every day, and continues to go on forever.Â” Featuring insightful Q&A sessions with a live audience, Embracing the Unknown invites you to explore the most daunting and liberating truth of our human experience - guided by Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶nÂ’s hallmark blend of insight, humor, and fearless love.Â PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.
Â©2019 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2019 Sounds True
Tibetan Buddhism describes three gates that everyone must pass through on the road to spiritual liberation. With the Three Commitments, Pema Chodron brings her unique blend of insight and gentle instruction to guide practitioners through each of these thresholds as they seek the source of true happiness.
As Pema explains, suffering arises when we resist the laws of impermenance - the fact that everything we know, including ourselves, will one day die. Here she provides teachings and practices for fully embracing life's ephemeral nature using these three traditional monastic vows or "commitments".
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
Â©2010 Sounds True (P)2010 Sounds True
We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of ourselves. We're afraid to look at our habitual styles of thinking and behaving because we might not always like what we see. Ironically it is this fear of honest self-reflection that keeps us trapped in patterns of stress and discontentment. Here is a vision for moving beyond this most basic fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and joy that reside at the core of our being. In this recorded retreat, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n shares teachings inspired by the book Smile at Fear, which was written by her teacher ChĂ¶gyam Trungpa. She, and her teaching assistant, Carolyn Rose Gimian, also share practices they received from Trungpa Rinpoche for courageously meeting ourselves in the present moment, including: The Windhorse Practice: a three-step meditation on awakening confidence Spiritual Warrior training for meeting life with courage and compassion Meditation instruction for calming the mind and developing concentration
Â©2017 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2017 Random House Audio
Learn how to use the gift of pain with Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. She teaches that it is in suffering where you will find the seeds of your awakening and that vulnerability is actually your greatest spiritual resource. You'll learn how to create your own spiritual retreat, the key teachings necessary for cultivating your own "soft spot" - the gateway to your own noble heart, the promise of the Four Limitless Ones, and the teachings on the Six Paramitas: the Buddha's own map of the journey to enlightenment. This program was recorded within the peaceful shrine room of Gampo Abbey, ChĂ¶drĂ¶n's home on the cliffs of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
Â©16 9; 24 6; 1998 Darren McCain Guyaz; 1998 Pema Chö (P)1998 Darren McCain Guyaz; 24 6; 16 9; 1998 Pema Chö
On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror - when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar KongtrĂĽl suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or investing them with so much meaning. This approach to experience is what KongtrĂĽl calls self-reflection. Self-reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It is the spirit of taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. When we practice self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and personal empowerment in KongtrĂĽl's title: it's up to you.
Â©2003 Dzigar Kongtrul (P)2018 Random House Audio
As a child, did you ever sit under a favorite tree, immersed in the wonder of a single, precious leaf? As our days grow more complex, teaches Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, these vibrant and wholehearted moments may begin to elude even seasoned meditators. But it doesn't have to be that way. BuddhismÂ’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness lead us on a journey back to the unabashed presence and delight of the Â“Child MindÂ” that lies within all of us. Here, Pema guides your first steps with an introductory meditation for getting in touch with, accepting, and releasing positive and negative emotions. Sounds True Practices are short downloadable audio sessions selected from our most popular courses. Affordably priced and ideal for beginners, they're a powerful way to use energy healing, guided imagery, meditation, and other proven practices at home or on the go. Put them on your smartphone, MP3 player, tablet device, or computerÂ…and start experiencing their benefits today. This session is excerpted from Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n's 2-CD audio program Natural Awareness.
Â©2014 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2014 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n
Pema Chodron is one of today's leading meditation teachers. With more than one million books sold to date, she draws sold out crowds across the U.S. and Canada. On Unconditional Confidence, she offers two accessible sessions to help anyone find courage in times of challenge and change.
Â©2009 Pema Chodron (P)2010 Sounds True
Finding freedom in our most difficult circumstances. What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out. In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness. From this understanding, we learn how to free ourselves from our propensity to suffer through the transformative awareness of impermanence - the dynamic and ever-shifting nature of both joy and suffering, self and selflessness-and the absolute and eternal flow from which all of it arises. What is causing my pain? What will happen if I simply lean in, keep company with it, hold it with tenderness? Moment by moment, Pema supports and encourages listeners to bring an openhearted sense of curiosity and welcoming to our apparently impossible situations or unbearable relationships - to discover the deeper freedom available just beneath the surface. For those experiencing emotional crisis, When Pain Is the Doorway provides expert guidance to help us stop, stay present, and enter into a more welcoming, spacious place of being that is our true home.
Â©2013 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2013 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n
Happiness is your birthright, and it is readily available at any given moment, teaches Pema Chodron. So, why do we live in such suffering? "The potential for happiness is not based on outer things; they come and go, causing us misery," she begins. "We're always chasing after something, trying to avoid the difficult places. But there are a lot of small sweetnesses that we ignore because they're so fleeting." With True Happiness, Chodron guides us through simple-yet-effective practices that show us how to recognize and nurture these moments of delight, cultivating them until they become more and more frequent, accessible, and real as a constant influence in our lives. At the root of everything is "basic goodness", a Buddhist view that each of us is fundamentally awake and compassionate, yet we tend to look at ourselves from a place of "badness", explains Chodron. We spend our lives in self-doubt and confusion, attempting to be perfect and "get it right". But life is about being open to whatever might arise, including feelings of uneasiness as well as feelings of contentment and peace. Rather than asking "how can I get out of this?" ask "how can I stay in this moment of discomfort and begin to soften?" It is in that moment of softening that you will find your open heart, teaches Chodron. "Everyone has the longing to feel the open heart, because it is a deep happiness that can never be taken away." True Happiness gives you the opportunity to spend "Yarne", or winter retreat, with Pema Chodron in the warmth and comfort of your own home. Join this best-selling author and teacher as she guides you through seven hours of effective meditations and practices to dissolve the barriers to your heart, reconnect with the source of basic goodness, and cultivate a sense of happiness, if only to touch upon it for brief but precious moments at a time.
Â©2006 Pema Chodron (P)2006 Sounds True
Spiritual practice, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n teaches, has nothing to do with self-improvement, since, as the course's title claims, you're already perfect right now. The limitless qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are your deep-down, ultimate reality, and those are qualities that can't be improved upon. If you're not feeling particularly kind, compassionate, joyful, or equanimous at the moment, take heart: the Four Limitless Ones are there like seeds, waiting to be cultivated through practice - and, being limitless, they're rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. This intensive program of study and practice provides the tools you need to access these radiant states and to nurture their growth for sake of all beings, including yourself. Here's some of what you'll learn: How cultivating the Four Limitless Ones is the antidote to depression, irritation, and isolation Basic meditation instructions to get you started in the foundational practice A wealth of guided meditations for generating these radiant qualities to yourself, others, and the world Writing and reflection exercises to bring the Four Limitless Ones powerfully into real life A simple chant you can use to create love and good will around yourself Powerful on-the-spot practices you can use throughout the day, even when there's "no time to practice" Do the program at your own pace. It fits perfectly with any other kind of meditation you're doing. And since no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required, it's also ideal for those new to spiritual practice. After you've completed the material in Perfect Just as You Are, you'll want to listen to it again periodically - any time you need a refresher course in compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and joy.
Â©2017 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2017 Random House Audio
Fear and guilt are two of the greatest challenges we face on the spiritual path - but there is a way to transform these painful feelings into courageous self-acceptance. Here Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n presents the five aphorisms for developing fearlessness that were given to Machig Lapdronma, one of Tibetan Buddhism's greatest female teachers. Pema comments on these aphorisms, holds question-and-answer sessions, and leads guided meditations to help us: Overcome shame and guilt Remain courageous in the face of pain Transform our relationships with difficult people Increase our feelings of generosity and compassion
Â©2017 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2017 Random House Audio
The best-selling author and beloved Buddhist teacher shares her insights on the practice of compassion and enlightened mind (bodhichitta). Compassion is a skill. It's not a special trait that we either have or don't, but a practice that we can all nurture in our daily lives. And the benefits are vast. It liberates our hearts from a narrow sense of self, expands our sense of well-being, and so much more. Of course, it's not always easy. But when we learn to work with our adversities and fears, whatever it is that might be keeping us stuck, then we find that we gradually and naturally become more open, joyful, and free. And it is this very freedom that enlivens us and allows us to become truly available to the people around us. In this recorded retreat, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n reveals all the essentials for practicing compassion in our everyday lives, using a text that is very close to her heart: the Buddhist classic known as The Way of the Bodhisattva. Here she focuses on its first chapter and primary subject, the enlightened heart and mind (bodhichitta), showing us how this awakened state is available to us here and now, right where we are.
Â©2017 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2017 Random House Audio
One of the best ways to bring meditation off the cushion and into everyday life is to practice lojong (or mind training). For centuries, Tibetans have used 59 powerful mind-training slogans as a way to transform life's ordinary situations into opportunities for awakening. In this audiobook program, Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n presents her definitive teachings on lojong. She offers an overview of the practice and goes on to provide inspiring commentary on the slogans while paying special attention to how to apply them on the spot in our daily lives. This program include: Practical commentary to enhance our understanding of the lojong slogans Seven writing and reflection exercises to help us engage deeply with the slogans Meditation instructions to help us relax, let go, and uncover our uncaught-up mind On-the-spot methods to deepen our bodhichitta, our compassion for all beings Question-and-answer sessions that address some of the most common issues that arise in lojong practice Two guided meditations on tonglen - a compassion practice based on the understanding that the very thing that triggers suffering can become the foundation of happiness
Â©2017 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2017 Random House Audio
For more than 800 years, Tibetan Buddhists have used the principles of lojong (literally, "mind training") to transform difficulties into insights, and conflict into genuine communication. Lojong practice is grounded in a special meditation technique and complemented by 59 written maxims - a treasury of practical wisdom that inspires everyday awareness. Awakening Compassion is the first audio retreat on the practice of lojong taught by Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author. With an informal teaching style, both playful and insightful, Pema uses restful meditations in teaching the lojong way for turning painful emotions into the stepping stones to wisdom, compassion, and fearlessness.
Â©1995 Pema Chö 24 6
How to Befriend Your Most Challenging Emotions and Experiences In challenging times, why do so many of us turn to Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n for guidance? Many say that itÂ’s her honest and caring way of communicating the core teachings of Buddhism - not just conceptually, but directly from her heart to ours. In these inspiring sessions, she teaches us how to give that compassion to the person we neglect most often - ourselves. With her, you will explore: What to do when it feels impossible to be kind to ourselves. In challenging relationships and situations, how to let go of our story and see whatÂ’s really happening. Cultivating inner comfort and greater kindness toward our bodies. Leaning into frustration, sadness, and fear with a spirit of trust and intimacy. Many other insights and recommendations to befriend the difficult places within us. Through gentle and clear guidance, Coming Closer to Ourselves shows us how, even in the tumult of lifeÂ’s uncertainties, we can begin with a glimmer of curiosity, move closer into our experiences, and discover a place of welcome and refuge within.
Â©2012 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n (P)2012 Pema ChĂ¶drĂ¶n