How to Be Vulnerable Online Course with Pema Chodron


A Personal Letter from Pema Chödrön

“You can only go into the unknown when you
have made friends with yourself.”
—Pema Chödrön

Dear friends,

We are, by our very nature, vulnerable beings. We resist that which makes us uncomfortable, and when faced with feelings of vulnerability—whether from loss, fear, or self-criticism—we automatically put up barriers. But we cannot ever truly avoid feeling vulnerable—it’s part of the human experience.

By getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable, however, we can work toward taming the one thing that causes the most suffering—the mind.

In the Buddhist Contemplative Tradition, we are taught that our fundamental state of being is one where we are wide open, awake, and possessing an immense capacity for love.

  • What if you could learn to embrace the full spectrum of your experience with unconditional warmth, openness, and kindness?

  • What if you no longer “hated” being vulnerable and, instead of overwhelming you, your emotions became your teachers?

  • What if you chose gentle acceptance of yourself and others over harsh judgment?

By staying present to whatever arises in your mind, you can begin to make just such a shift in thinking.

My deepest hope is that you will learn how to treat your own life experience with the same love and support you offer your truest friends.

Living with Vulnerability Online Course with Pem ChodronAnd that as you begin to unravel your habitual patterns—fear of vulnerability, aversion to discomfort, nagging self-criticism—you will open yourself up and experience your true nature filled with limitless potential.

Pema Chödrön

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Here’s what you’ll discover in this online course:

Embrace Difficult Emotions and learn how to let go of the stories of unworthiness, fear, and self-doubt and tap into maitri—unconditional friendliness—with the most important person in your life: you.

Develop Discomfort Resilience, learn how to let go of discomfort and lean into your fundamental state of openness with a wakeful heart and awaken your full capacity for love.

Learn Through Challenges and how to stop “seeking pleasure and avoiding pain,” and instead stay open to all of your experiences. In other words, learn how to let go of aversions and attractions.

Befriend Your Weaknesses & Vulnerabilities and begin to practice unconditional love with yourself, to accept even your fear, shame, and regrets.

Strengthen Your Relationships and learn how to be vulnerable in relationships, even to work with so-called difficult people in your life without responding from a place of anger or frustration.

Stay Present to Experience and bring gentle curiosity to your daily experience so you can calmly and consciously explore situations that feel vulnerable.


“It takes bravery to train in unconditional friendliness,it takes bravery to train in ‘suffering with,’
it takes bravery to stay with pain when it arises 
and not run or erect barriers.”
—Pema Chödrön 

Meet the Authors


Living with Vulnerability Online Course with Pem ChodronAni Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada, and studies under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She has written several books, including The Wisdom of No EscapeStart Where You AreWhen Things Fall ApartThe Places that Scare You, No Time To Lose, Practicing Peace in Times of War, How to Meditate, Comfort with Uncertainty and Living Beautifully.

Tim Olmsted has been a student of meditation for the past 40 years. He lived in Nepal for 12 of those years, working as a psychotherapist and studying with many of the greatest Buddhist teachers of our time. After returning to the United States, from 2000–2003 he served as director of Gampo Abbey, Pema’s home monastery. He is currently the founder and president of the Pema Chödrön Foundation and travels extensively, teaching meditation as a Senior Instructor for Tergar International, a worldwide meditation community under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.



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