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O Magazine interview

1 Mar, 2008

Chodron speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about why she became a Buddhist priest.

I became involved in Buddhism in a way that’s very appealing to a lot of people because of the fact that their lives fall apart, and that’s what happened to me. When my second marriage broke up, it just floored me, but I had some kind of fundamental sanity that kept saying, There’s something very profound in this that will teach you something so I started looking for it. The first line of Chögyam Trungpa’s article Working with Negativity read, We all experience negativity the basic aggression of wanting things to be different than they are. Everything else was saying, Look at the positive side, and this said, Stay with your experience. That’s how it started.

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