Pema Chodron in Vermont

Increasing Our Longing to Help Others: Teachings for the Modern Day Bodhisattva

An Intimate Fundraiser Retreat for the Sangdo Palri Temple

Tickets for this event are sold out.

A natural sense of well-being arises when we long to help others with an altruistic mind. Altruism is the best form of kindness because it dissolves the tightness in our chest that comes from a narrow sense of self, allowing a positive feeling to flow out in all directions. Join renowned Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron as she spends two days exploring how we can cultivate this expansive, awakened quality of mind known in Sanskrit as bodhichitta. Using the Tibetan Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva as her guide, Ani Pema will give special attention to cultivating bodhichitta in our modern day lives, encouraging us to connect with the very best of ourselves in order to help others do the same.

This retreat will be held in the tranquil and uniquely intimate setting of Pema Osel, the 300-seat Buddhist center in Vermont that was established by one of her teachers, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.


This Is a Fundraiser Retreat

Ani Pema has graciously offered to use all proceeds of this program as a fundraiser for constructing the Sangdo Palri Temple of Wisdom and Compassion in southern Colorado. According to Tibetan tradition, Sangdo Palri is the residence of Padmasambhava, one of the greatest figures of the Nyingma lineage. But in essence, this temple is a physical representation of our own enlightened nature, a place where the blessings of awakened mind are vivid and transformative, and from where positive energy will radiate throughout the world, benefiting countless living beings.

Tickets Are On Sale Now--Click Here to Purchase

  • Blue Ticket: $395 (premium shrine room seating--SOLD OUT)
  • Purple Ticket: $250 (side wing shrine room seating--SOLD OUT)
  • Red Ticket: $350 (south shrine room seating--SOLD OUT)
  • Gold Ticket: $975 (front row seating--SOLD OUT)

(All ticket sections are first-come, first served. At the event, participants will receive a color-coded badge to designate their seating section. Seating will be on chairs, and all seats will have a view of the teacher.)


Saturday, May 4. 8:00 am-5:30 pm (see parking information below)

  • Morning Session: Meditation, talk and Q&A by Pema Chodron
  • Lunch: 1.5 hour lunch break with complementary vegetarian meal
  • Afternoon Session: Meditation, talk and Q&A by Pema Chodron

Sunday, May 5. 8:00 am-6:00 pm (see parking information below)

  • Morning Session: Meditation, recap, and discussion groups led by Khenchung Joey Waxman
  • Lunch: 1.5 hour lunch break with complementary vegetarian meal
  • Afternoon Session: Meditation, talk and Q&A by Pema Chodron

Parking Information

Due to potentially poor driving conditions and limited parking, we ask all participants to drive  to and park at the Westshire Elementary School, 744 Route 113, West Fairlee, VT. Participants will check in here and will then take a 10-minute bus ride to Pema Osel. The start and end times above reflect when participants will arrive and return to Westshire Elementary School. It is important that participants arrive at Westshire on time so that no one misses the bus. For more information, please see the Pema Chodron Event FAQ below.

Tickets Are Nonrefundable

If, due to obstacles, you are unable to attend the program, you can transfer your ticket to another person. You are responsible for any monetary exchange. Once you have transferred the ticket, you must contact Jill Oppenheimer at to report the ticket transfer to us, with the name and email address of the new ticket holder. To access our waiting list, please email PO Events, found below.

More Information

For more information about this event, please download the Pema Chodron Event FAQ and the Pema Osel Visitor's Guide. If you need assistance with registration, please feel free to contact 802-333-4521 or