Books written by American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron are dog-eared. People pass her classics such as "The Wisdom of No Escape" from one to another until the thing falls apart in our hands. She is Buddhism's rock star. And it's hard to believe that she started out at Miss Porter's exclusive school and lived in the New Jersey suburbs.
This Sunday she is celebrating her 77th birthday. The Shambhala order she belongs to is making available her talk. Here you can retrieve it. Shambhala Centers such as the one in New Haven, Connecticut have scheduled special events for the birthday.