For over forty years, Pema Chödrön has embraced our faults, our fears, and our failings, reflecting them back to us with compassion, insight, and the possibility of freedom.

And now, she is tackling the most challenging and universal source of fear: death and dying.



ABOUT THIS JOURNEY

As she entered the ninth decade of her life, Pema Chödrön spent a year in solitary retreat working deeply with traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death, including teachings on the bardos from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This interactive online retreat, recorded at her home monastery, Gampo Abbey, in front of a small audience of her close students and friends, brings the fruits of Pema’s study and practice to you.

Whether you’re a longtime practitioner, an enthusiastic beginner, or somewhere in between, this retreat will offer you 
teachings and tools for embracing the entirety of your human experience—including your death—as a sacred journey. These are teachings that you can listen to again and again over the coming years, returning to them for guidance and grounding as you navigate the ongoing journey of your life.





What if our greatest fear is leaving our loved ones behind?

What if we fear the unknown or no longer existing?

What if we fear having not fulfilled our purpose in this life?

What if we’re scared of pain or isolation while dying?

A RETREAT MADE FOR YOU

This online retreat includes a bounty of exclusive resources to support you in your retreat practice.

COURSE CURRICULUM

This online retreat includes a bounty of exclusive resources, many available only for this one-time special offering, to support you in your retreat experience.

RETREAT SUMMARY

This retreat was designed with your needs in mind and contains 
all of the following:

ABOUT YOUR TEACHER

Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. 

She has been teaching and writing extensively for many years, including authoring the best-selling books When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You.

Pema first met her root teacher, 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. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full monastic ordination in the Tibetan lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong.  She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery for westerners in North America. 


“Pema Chödrön delivers the material in an extremely warm, understandable, and accessible way for westerners. I also appreciate her gentle humor and find myself smiling and laughing at many points during her talks. I [feel I am] in a more prepared and eager state to continue my study/practice and to take the next step of attending a meditation retreat in order to go further. To all responsible for putting this together, thank you so very much.”



“Even though I am an online participant I feel as though I am there. Pema and the participants are very ‘real’ and I can relate to the responses of those present. We all struggle with similar experiences.”



“I truly appreciate [Pema’s] manner of kindness and humor. She presents the material in a way that I can integrate into my daily life. I am a novice to many of the teachings but never feel overwhelmed or confused after a lesson. Thank you.”



“The quality of the videos was fantastic. I felt like I was attending the Yarne at the Abbey. The talks by Pema were absolutely wonderful and I'll watch them many times.”



“Pema is a relatable, delightful, and excellent communicator. The video is high quality and the support materials (e.g., talk transcript, notes, reading list, etc.) are helpful resources. I also appreciate that this course is available to those unable to take time away from work or family (at least at this particular time in life), as well as its self-paced nature.”

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In this six-week interactive online retreat, Pema Chödrön will be your guide in living purposefully and dying fearlessly by teaching you how to . . .

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio)

Translated by Francesca Fremantle and Chögyam Trungpa
Read by Richard Gere
2 ¾ hours, unabridged

This translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living.

BONUS #1

Watch Pema speak to her close students and friends in the main shrine room at Gampo Abbey, her home monastery

FOURTEEN HOURS OF POWERFUL TEACHINGS

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Touching Impermanence: The Bardo of Living

LESSON 1

This Lesson Will Help You . . .

  • Become more familiar with the impermanence of all things
  • Train to become more courageous, wise, and compassionate in your everyday life
  • Understand why we study the bardo teachings and how they are relevant to every part of your life (not just your death)
LEARN MORE

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14 HOURS OF VIDEO TEACHINGS

FACILITATED 
DISCUSSION FORUMS

PRACTICE PROMPTS

SACRED REMINDERS

PRINTABLE TRANSCRIPTS

RECOMMENDED READING LISTS

UNLIMITED ACCESS

PRAISE FOR PEMA

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

As she entered the ninth decade of her life, Pema Chödrön spent a year in solitary retreat working deeply with traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death, including teachings on the bardos from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This interactive online retreat, recorded at her home monastery, Gampo Abbey, in front of a small audience of her close students and friends, brings the fruits of Pema’s study and practice to you.

Whether you’re a longtime practitioner, an enthusiastic beginner, or somewhere in between, this retreat will offer you teachings and tools for embracing the entirety of your human experience—including your death—as a sacred journey. These are teachings that you can listen to again and again over the coming years, returning to them for guidance and grounding as you navigate the ongoing journey of your life.

What if our greatest fear is leaving our loved ones behind?

What if we fear the unknown or no longer existing?

What if we fear having not fulfilled our purpose in this life?

What if we’re scared of pain or isolation while dying?

Embrace impermanence in everyday life and relationships

LOVE AND LET GO

RETAIL PRICE:                 $499

LAUNCH DISCOUNT:    -$300

ADD TO CART

JOIN THE JOURNEY

Registration and Discount Available for a Limited Time

3-month payment plan option available 

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If you are not satisfied, e-mail us within 30 days of registering for the course, and we will promptly refund your purchase price.

SPECIAL PRICE:    $199

COURSE EXCERPTS

14 HOURS OF VIDEO TEACHINGS

FACILITATED 
DISCUSSION FORUMS

LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS

RETREAT WORKBOOK

PRACTICE PROMPTS

RETREAT RESOURCES

SACRED REMINDERS

HOME PRACTICES & CONTEMPLATIONS

PRINTABLE TRANSCRIPTS

DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO FILES

RECOMMENDED READINGS LIST

UNLIMITED ACCESS

UNLIMITED ACCESS

* PLUS *

BONUS #1

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio)

BONUS #2

The Five Buddha Families (Video)

BONUS #3

50% OFF Recommended Readings

Train your mind to stay relaxed and open in any situation

FACE THE UNEXPECTED

Embrace impermanence in everyday life and relationships

LOVE AND LET GO

Learn how to rest in the space of suffering and discomfort

EASE YOUR SUFFERING

Harness the inherent wisdom of your habitual patterns

FIND WISDOM IN NEUROSIS

Cultivate curiosity about what happens when you die

RELAX WITH THE UNKNOWN

Notice opportunities for enlightenment when they arise

RECOGNIZE THE GATEWAYS

Train your mind to stay relaxed and open in any situation

FACE THE UNEXPECTED

Harness the inherent wisdom of your habitual patterns

FIND WISDOM IN NEUROSIS

Learn how to rest in the space of suffering and discomfort

EASE YOUR SUFFERING

Notice opportunities for enlightenment when they arise

RECOGNIZE THE GATEWAYS

Cultivate curiosity about what happens when you die

RELAX WITH THE UNKNOWN

RETAIL PRICE:                    $499

LAUNCH DISCOUNT:      -$300

ADD TO CART

JOIN THE JOURNEY

Registration and Discount Available for a Limited Time

3-month payment plan option available

Experience the profound effect of these teachings on your own life!

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, please e-mail us within 30 days, and we will promptly refund your purchase price.

SPECIAL PRICE:   $199

ABOUT THIS RETREAT

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this six-week interactive online retreat, Pema Chodron will be your guide in living purposefully and dying fearlessly by teaching you how to . . .

A RETREAT MADE FOR YOU

This online retreat includes a bounty of exclusive resources, many available only for this one-time special offering, to support you in your retreat practice.

THIS RETREAT INCLUDES:

RETREAT SUMMARY

For over forty years, Pema Chödrön has embraced our faults, our fears, and our failings, reflecting them back to us with compassion, insight, and the possibility of freedom.

And now, she is tackling the most challenging and universal source of fear: 
death and dying.

Sit with others in the retreat community in live meditation sessions via Zoom (Saturdays 2–2:30 p.m. EST between February 19 & March 26)

LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS

An opportunity to receive guidance from a senior practitioner in Pema’s tradition along with the peer-to-peer support of fellow retreat participants

FACILITATED DISCUSSION FORUMS

Printable workshop with helpful notes and graphics for each lesson, as well as space for journaling and reflection

A RETREAT WORKBOOK

Twice weekly announcement e-mails reminding you of the practices for that week

WEEKLY PRACTICE PROMPTS

Video guide and printable resources for supporting your retreat at home, including suggested schedules and retreat guidelines

RETREAT RESOURCES

Printable slogans and phrases that you can use to create your sacred space at home

SACRED REMINDERS

Exercises to help you reflect and strengthen your understanding, bringing the dharma alive in your daily life

HOME PRACTICES & CONTEMPLATIONS

Printable transcripts of all video lessons so you can review the teachings at your own pace and highlight quotes or concepts for future reference

PRINTABLE TRANSCRIPTS

Listen on the go and take in this profound dharma where and when it works best for you—in the car, on a walk, or over the kitchen sink

DOWNLOADABLE 
AUDIO FILES

A list of readings and books recommended by Pema for deepening your study and practice

RECOMMENDED READINGS LIST

Access the retreat on your device or computer again and again as new insights emerge on your own path

UNLIMITED ACCESS

Access the retreat on your device or computer again and again as new insights emerge on your own path

UNLIMITED ACCESS

Watch Pema speak to her close students and friends in the main shrine room at Gampo Abbey, her home monastery

FOURTEEN HOURS OF POWERFUL TEACHINGS

An opportunity to receive guidance from a senior practitioner in Pema’s tradition along with the peer-to-peer support of fellow retreat participants

FACILITATED DISCUSSION FORUMS

Live guided meditation sessions where once a week you can log in and sit with others in the retreat community via Zoom (Saturdays 2–2:30 p.m. EST between February 19 & March 26)

LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS

Printable workshop with helpful notes and graphics for each lesson, as well as space for journaling and reflection

A RETREAT WORKBOOK

Twice weekly announcement e-mails reminding you of the practices for that week

WEEKLY PRACTICE PROMPTS

Video guide and printable resources for supporting your retreat at home, including suggested schedules and retreat guidelines

RETREAT RESOURCES

Printable slogans and phrases that you can use to create your sacred space at home

SACRED REMINDERS

Exercises to help you reflect and strengthen your understanding, bringing the dharma into your daily life

HOME PRACTICES & CONTEMPLATIONS

Printable transcripts of all video lessons so you can review the teachings at your own pace and highlight quotes or concepts for future reference

PRINTABLE TRANSCRIPTS

Listen on the go and take in this profound dharma where and when it works best for you—in the car, on a walk, or over the kitchen sink

DOWNLOADABLE 
AUDIO FILES

A list of readings and books recommended by Pema for deepening your study and practice

RECOMMENDED READINGS LIST

Access the retreat on your device or computer again and again as new insights emerge on your own path

UNLIMITED ACCESS

Access the retreat on your device or computer again and again as new insights emerge on your own path

UNLIMITED ACCESS

The Five Buddha Families (Video)

Taught by Judith L. Lief
1 1/2 hours, unabridged

In this talk on the Five Buddha Families, Judy Lief explains how our inner world and the outer world are comprised of the same elemental forces.

BONUS #2

Coupon Code for 50% OFF the Entire Collection of Recommended Readings

Total Retail Value: $220      You Save: $110

Expand your library with 50% off the entire collection of recommended readings for this retreat.

BONUS #3

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio)

Translated by Francesca Fremantle and Chögyam Trungpa
Read by Richard Gere
2 ¾ hours, unabridged

This translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead emphasizes the practical advice that the book offers to the living.

The Five Buddha Families (Video)

Taught by Judith L. Lief
1 1/2 hours, unabridged

In this talk on the Five Buddha Families, Judy Lief explains how our inner world and the outer world are comprised of the same elemental forces.

BONUS #2

Coupon Code for 50% OFF the Entire Collection of Recommended Readings

Total Retail Value: $220    You Save: $110

BONUS #3

Expand your library with 50% off the entire collection of recommended readings for this retreat.

BONUS #1

Entering the Sacred World: The Bardo of Dying

LESSON 2

This Lesson Will Help You . . .

  • Learn the two most important things to keep in mind when you’re dying and how to practice them now
  • Engage the practice of tonglen, or sending and taking, for awakening love and compassion
  • Understand the steps of dissolution that occur in the process of dying (according to the Tibetan Buddhist view)

Touching Impermanence: The Bardo of Living

LESSON 1

This Lesson Will Help You...

  • Become more familiar with the impermanence of all things
  • Train to become more courageous, wise, and compassionate in your everyday life
  • Understand why we study the bardo teachings and how they are relevant to every part of your life (not just your death)

Entering the Sacred World: The Bardo of Dying

LESSON 2

This Lesson Will Help You...

  • Learn the two most important things to keep in mind when you’re dying and how to practice them now
  • Engage the practice of tonglen, or sending and taking, for awakening love and compassion
  • Understand the steps of dissolution that occur in the process of dying (according to the Tibetan Buddhist view)

Gateways to Liberation: The Bardo of Dharmata

LESSON 3

This Lesson Will Help You . . .

  • Recognize the gateways to enlightenment that arise in the bardo of dharmata
  • Explore how habitual patterns and perceptions create your reality
  • Understand the benefits of leaving your comfort zone, the risks of staying in it, and the danger of going too far out of it

Gateways to Liberation: The Bardo of Dharmata

LESSON 3

This Lesson Will Help You...

  • Recognize the gateways to enlightenment that arise in the bardo of dharmata
  • Explore how habitual patterns and perceptions create your reality
  • Understand the benefits of leaving your comfort zone, the risks of staying in it, and the danger of going too far out of it

Styles of Imprisonment: The Six Realms

LESSON 4

This Lesson Will Help You . . .

  • Recognize the six realms or habitual states of mind that trap you in unhelpful patterns
  • Identify how these “styles of imprisonment” arise in your own experience
  • Understand how to get unstuck when you find yourself in one of the six realms

Styles of Imprisonment: The Six Realms

LESSON 4

This Lesson Will Help You...

  • Recognize the six realms or habitual states of mind that trap you in unhelpful patterns
  • Identify how these “styles of imprisonment” arise in your own experience
  • Understand how to get unstuck when you find yourself in one of the six realms

A Waking Dream: The Bardo of Becoming

LESSON 5

This Lesson Will Help You . . .

  • Learn how to transform the patterns that don’t serve you so you can act in alignment with your intention
  • Discover how to best support a person who has just died, according to the Tibetan Buddhist view
  • Identify the qualities and scenarios you could experience in the bardo of becoming and understand how to prepare for them

A Waking Dream: The Bardo of Becoming

LESSON 5

This Lesson Will Help You...

  • Learn how to transform the patterns that don’t serve you so you can act in alignment with your intention
  • Discover how to best support a person who has just died, according to the Tibetan Buddhist view
  • Identify the qualities and scenarios you could experience in the bardo of becoming and understand how to prepare for them

Co-emergent Wisdom: The Five Buddha Families

LESSON 6

This Lesson Will Help You . . .

  • Understand the five categories of wisdom energy known as Buddha families
  • Work with the wisdom of the Buddha families as they show up in your life
  • Reflect on the meaning of bardo in your own life

Co-emergent Wisdom: The Five Buddha Families

LESSON 6

This Lesson Will Help You...

  • Understand the five categories of wisdom energy known as Buddha families
  • Work with the wisdom of the Buddha families as they show up in your life
  • Reflect on the meaning of bardo in your own life

LIVE MEDITATION SESSIONS

RETREAT WORKBOOK

RETREAT RESOURCES

HOME PRACTICES & CONTEMPLATIONS

DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO FILES

UNLIMITED ACCESS

* PLUS *

BONUS #1

The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Audio)

BONUS #2

The Five Buddha Families (Video)

BONUS #3

50% OFF Recommended Readings

LEARN MORE

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ABOUT YOUR TEACHER

PRAISE FOR PEMA

Over 10,000 people have studied with Pema Chödrön through Shambhala Publications and Prajna Studios. 

Here’s some of what they’ve had to say . . .

This online retreat includes a bounty of exclusive resources to support you in your retreat practice.

RETAIL PRICE:                 $499

LAUNCH DISCOUNT:   -$300

ADD TO CART

JOIN THE JOURNEY

Registration and Discount Available for a Limited Time

3-month payment plan option available 

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If you are not satisfied, e-mail us within 30 days of registering for the course, and we will promptly refund your purchase price.

SPECIAL PRICE:   $199

RETAIL PRICE:                   $499

LAUNCH DISCOUNT:      -$300

ADD TO CART

JOIN THE JOURNEY

Registration and Discount Available for a Limited Time

3-month payment plan option available

Experience the profound effect of these teachings on your own life!

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, please e-mail us within 30 days, and we will promptly refund your purchase price.

SPECIAL PRICE:   $199


When does the course begin?
The course is available as soon as you register, and with the exception of the live elements, it does not have a specific start date. All lessons are available and you may go through the course materials at your own pace. The facilitated discussion boards will be available starting on February 19, 2022 and will remain active through March 26, 2022. The weekly meditation sessions will begin on Saturday, February 19, 2022 and run through Saturday, March 26, 2022.

How long does it take to complete the course?
There are six lessons in the course and each lesson is designed to last a week. However, the course is flexible and you can work at your own pace as well, so you can benefit just as much from the course even if it takes you longer to go through it. We encourage you to download videos as you go through the course for your own personal use in the future. You will continue to have unlimited access to the course materials online as well.

How long will I have access to the course?
Your access to the course is unlimited. It will not expire.

How long will the discussion boards be available?
The discussion boards will remain open through August 19, 2022. However, the facilitators will only be available to respond to questions about the teachings until March 26, 2022.

When are the live meditation sessions?
The weekly meditation sessions will be held on Saturdays at 2–2:30 p.m. EST, beginning on February 19, 2022 and ending March 26, 2022.


Can I still take this training without a desktop/laptop computer (for example, if I only have an iPad)?
Yes, you can access this course using the browser on your device. However, please note that if you’d like to save any of the course materials, you will need to download to a computer first and then transfer the files to your device.

What if I have technical difficulties with the course?
We have a dedicated course support person who can help you with any issues you may encounter in navigating or accessing the course. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

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