Creating a Culture of Tenderness: Embracing Our Kinship with All of Life

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What do a Buddhist nun and a Jesuit priest have in common? It may sound like the opening to a joke, but it’s actually the question that initiated an extraordinary spiritual collaboration.

A Heartfelt Conversation on Compassion, Forgiveness, and the Power of Second Chances

Pema Chödrön and Father Greg Boyle met in a night of interfaith conversation for a great cause: aiding Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest rehabilitation, re-entry, and job training program for former gang members. Originally founded by Father Greg in 1992, Homeboy Industries has helped thousands of people find renewed hope after leaving gang life.

Now Father Greg and Pema’s conversation is available as Creating a Culture of Tenderness, an audio program devoted to what it means to embody one’s principles in the world. Co-teaching for the first time, here these beloved spiritual teachers offer an entertaining and inspiring dialogue on recognizing each other’s innate humanity, the power of second chances, and the profound connections between the world’s faiths. Creating a Culture of Tenderness truly demonstrates how forgiveness and service to others can reveal the most vital spiritual truths.


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