“Pema’s deep experience and her fresh way of looking at things are like mountain water—clear and refreshing, as good dharma should be.”—Jack Kornfield

“Pema Chödrön’s writings have been helpful to countless numbers of people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world.”—Bill Moyers

“The advice Chödrön offers is radically different from other self-help prescriptions on the market. This book could serve you for a lifetime.”—Natural Health

There is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach—yet we usually miss it, ironically, while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering. Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chödrön’s When Things Fall Apart reveals her radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives. There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves moving toward painful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness of our entire situation. It is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover indestructible truth and love.

This app includes an introduction to the When Things Fall Apart teachings by Pema, the complete audiobook read by Pema herself (2½ hours, abridged), and in-app study cards for further reflection and practice.

What's New

Version 2.0

* Fixed a bug with audio playback being disrupted by a lost network connection
* Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance enhancements

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

Mixed but still good

When I bought this book, I was also relying on the idea that I would get the Full set of compassion cards with the purchase so that I could simply bring the app with me instead of the cards when traveling. I was disappointed when I discovered that this wasn't the case. Please be more clear in your description what the cards that are included are not the full set so that others understand this. Overall, both the book and this app are wonderful, it's simply misleading. Is there an app with the full set?


please update app to support iOS 11

I love this app. I listen often, but ever since the iOS 11 update the app cannot work. There is an error message that says the developer needs to update the app to support iOS 11. This is the only reason I cannot give this app a 5 rating. I cannot use the app anymore, so please update! thank you!!


Wonderful book, mediocre app

This is a wonderful book. But the technology of this company is disappointing. If you hear a sentence that you like, you cannot scroll back to hear it again. You also cannot scroll forward within a chapter. Any attempts to do so knock you into either the previous or the next chapter. Again, disappointing.


Shambhala Publications Inc.
79.6 MB
Requires iOS 5 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2014 Shambhala Publications, 1997 Pema Chödrön


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