We particularly rely upon a few other vendors for good dharma teachings – written, audio and video – and dharma supplies, such as incense, shrine bowls, cushions etc. When it comes to Pema Chödrön's teachings, you might want to check us out first, but there's a whole world out there of teachings and materials that go beyond our scope.
Samadhi Cushions www.samadhicushions.com is a good source for a whole range of supplies, such as incense, gongs, statues, and particularly sitting cushions or benches. They carry the rectangular gomdens which are often recommended by Pema Chödrön and other Shambhala teachers.
Sharchen Imports www.sharchen.com is a particularly excellent source for Buddhist statuary, practice materials, malas, and other supplies.
Shambhala Media http://www.shambhalamedia.org carries teachings by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche that no one else has. We carry a few items from them, which we particularly recommend, but there is a great wealth of other materials through them.
Shambhala Publications http://www.shambhala.com and Sounds True www.soundstrue.com are two publishing houses (books, audio, video) which have supported Pema Chödrön greatly over the years. We carry many of their products related to Pema Chödrön. But if you go to their websites, you'll find many other great writers and speakers related to spirituality, the arts, psychology, etc.
Namse Bangdzo Bookstore www.namsebangdzo.com is affiliated with the KTD Buddhist organization and His Holiness Orgyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa, head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Namse Bangdzo, has a hard to pronounce name, but a very customer-friendly site with tons of great dharma teachings, audio and video, many of them quite unique, along with some supplies and other items. For instance, check out audio teachings by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, an excellent Canadian-born dharma teacher.
Links to Teachings, teachers, and groups
The Pema Chödrön Foundation was created to support her work and vision. Pema is also dedicated to supporting the Buddhist monastic tradition where individuals can train within a community of others who have committed themselves to the path of realizing the wisdom and compassion that is at the heart of each of us. On this website you can learn more about Pema’s work and the vision of the Pema Chödrön Foundation. www.pemachodronfoundation.org
Pema Chödrön is a master teacher (Acharya), of Shambhala International. To learn about Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala culture, the other Shambhala Acharyas, and Shambhala activities, explore www.shambhala.org
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Pema Chödrön to be an Acharya, master teacher, of the Shambhala Buddhist organization, Shambhala international, which he leads. To learn more about Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, visit his website, www.mipham.com
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is an excellent teacher who has been guiding Pema Chödrön through her retreat practice for many years. There is much about his dharma activity, community, practice centers, and teachings at this website: www.mangalashribhuti.org
Looking for a meditation group? Feel free to write us. We'll do what we can to help you find partners in practice and study. For the Shambhala organization, this is a useful link (www.shambhala.org/centers), listing Shambhala centers and groups all over the world. These are communities which also have many programs, teachers, and meditation instructors.
For retreats and programs, check out the program schedules of the major Shambhala land centers in Colorado, Vermont, Nova Scotia, New York, and Europe. Among these, of course, is Gampo Abbey, the monastery in Nova Scotia where Pema Chödrön is the main teacher. www.shambhala.org/centers/practice-retreat For information on Gampo Abbey, www.gampoabbey.org