Pema Chödrön

Did Pema Chödrön save your life? Your sanity? Do you have a story to tell?


Have you found solace or wisdom in the works of Pema Chödrön? Did reading or listening to Pema Chödrön save you during a hard time? Did she help you to accept yourself, imperfections and all? In the midst of it, did you ever throw one of her books against the wall?

I’m looking for authors to submit essays to an anthology about engaging the teachings of Pema Chödrön, which will be published by Pema’s publisher, Shambhala Publications, for the benefit of the Pema Chödrön Foundation.   I’m looking for authors who have been affected in one way or another by the writings or teachings of this woman who’s become one of the most widely respected spiritual teachers of our day.  You don’t need to be a Buddhist (though it’s OK if you are) and just about any topic is acceptable– from the profound to the mundane.  You don’t need to show the “right” way to practice Pema Chödrön’s teachings, just your way. Your piece can be juicy or humorous, stark or sad, or compelling or intellectual, as long as it demonstrates an engagement with Pema Chödrön’s work.

Submissions should refer to the specific teaching by Pema that inspired them—referencing the particular book, if appropriate.  The reference can be as succinct as “Pema Chödrön teaches us that suffering opens us up to empathy for others” followed by a tale of trying to practice her teachings on Tonglen, or as academic as a multiple quotes in a three page essay about Shenpa. Words like Tonglen and Shenpa do not have to appear in every essay.

Submissions can be between 700 and 3000 words.

Previously published work is fine if you hold the rights.

Contract from Shambhala will allow the author to publish elsewhere as long as rights are held for the book in which these essays will appear.

Profits from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Pema Chödrön Foundation.

Deadline is January 2013.

Rough drafts are welcome and will be seen as permission to send back editing, encouragement and nagging.

Send submissions to Julia Query

Subject line:  Submission for Pema Anthology

Your attached submission, in Microsoft Word should be titled: YOURNAMEdate

Hardcopy submissions should be doublespaced and with a SASEif you desire the manuscript to be returned.

Julia Wallace
C/O Wallace
110 Gough Street, suite 402
SF CA 94117


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