WHY I BECAME A BUDDHIST by Pema Chödrön (a story told on video)

In this six-minute clip, Pema Chödrön candidly and humorously shares the story of her broken marriage and how it ultimately led her on the path to becoming a Buddhist nun. 

Note: This is the only Dare to be Fabulous story that was featured on video. It remains on the website while the book is prepared for publication in Summer, 2022.

Good Medicine by Pema Chödrön. Copyright © 1999 Pema Chödrön. All rights reserved. Used with permission from Sounds True, Inc., Boulder, CO


Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936 in New York City. She began studying Buddhism in her mid-thirties and became a novice nun in 1974. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong. Since 1984, Chödrön has been the director of Gampo Abbey, a Tibetan monastery for Western monks and nuns in Nova Scotia. She is also the author of many popular books, including The Wisdom of No Escape, When Things Fall Apart, and The Things that Scare You. 

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