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In the midst of fear, anger, or sadness, the feelings we want to avoid can open the way to fearlessness, our basic goodness, and true freedom This supportive series of talks brings us the beloved Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Choedroen at her best-helping to guide us back to our wisest and most heartful selves. Here, she shares three simple, time honored steps or attitudes to practice when we are in pain or crisis: * Finding the stillness and space within our inner storms so that we can act rather than react * Transforming our emotions and welcoming them as friends * Using all of our felt experiences-positive and negative-as a direct path not only to immediate relief but to real courage, nurtured through compassion The feelings that we want to run from, Pema tells us, offers us the very fuel we need to grow our strength and self-acceptance. With Three Steps to Courage, listeners will learn how to do just that-with welcome support and inspiration along the way.
Life, Death, and Rebirth-Pema Choedroen on The Tibetan Book of the Dead What happens when we die? One of the most treasured resources for understanding this essential question is The Tibetan Book of the Dead. With Embracing the Unknown, Pema Choedroen delves into the teachings of this extraordinary Buddhist text-not only for what it tells us about the journey of the soul beyond this life, but also as a source of profound wisdom for navigating the uncertainty we face each day in the bardo of this life. In this landmark appearance recorded live at the Omega Institute, Pema explores the universal mystery of life, death, and rebirth, including: * What is the bardo? How any state between an ending and a beginning gives us an unparalleled opportunity for transformation * What is rebirth? Pema takes a deeper look at this concept and how it also occurs in our moment-to-moment experience * Can we let go? Guidance for honoring the difficult emotions of fear, sadness, and grief with an open and curious heart * How can we prepare? Meditation techniques and everyday practices for befriending change, groundlessness, and the unknown * What can we really know about death? Why the teachings of The Book of the Dead are valuable no matter what you believe Death isn't just something that happens at the end, teaches Pema. Life is continually arising, dwelling, ceasing, and arising. It's a cycle that goes on every day, and continues to go on forever. Featuring insightful Q&A sessions with a live audience, Embracing the Unknown invites you to explore the most daunting and liberating truth of our human experience-guided by Pema Choedroen's hallmark blend of insight, humor, and fearless love.
Heart-Centered Meditations for Opening to the Depths of All Your Experience Pain, loss, shame, sadness-suffering is an unavoidable part of being human. The practice of tonglen offers us a way to transform our relationship with suffering-our own and that which is all around us. In The Courage to Love the World, beloved teacher Pema Choedroen shares insightful and heartfelt stories about tonglen, along with direct instruction and guided practice. Recorded on retreat with an intimate group of students, this four-part series presents: Pema's step-by-step guidance in the formal practice of tonglen * The importance of becoming a Modern-Day Bodhisattva -awaken your heart and be of benefit to beings * The practice of compassionate abiding in everyday life * Q&A with retreat participants addressing the most common questions that arise with practice * Tonglen as a practical skill for survival in today's world The practice of tonglen is one of bravery, teaches Pema, It takes courage to develop a new relationship with suffering. Now, each of us can immerse ourselves in this ancient Tibetan practice for cultivating kindness and compassion under the guidance of one of our most beloved teachers.
Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying childrenand before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chdrn. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "e;hook"e; of our habitual responses. In this recorded weekend retreat, Pema draws on Buddhist teachings fromThe Way of the Bodhisattvato reveal how we can:*;stay centered in the midst of difficulty*;improve stressful relationships*;step out of the downward spiral of self-hatred *;awaken compassion for ourselves and others
We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us. Why, in the face of that, shouldn't we cling for safety to the certainty of the shoreto our comfortably familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chdrn teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging leads only to even greater suffering.In this recorded retreat, based on the program Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change held at Omega Institute, Pema Chdrn and her teaching assistant, Meg Wheatley, provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. It's the secret of being fully alive. The teachings and practices they present includes:*;A teaching based on a Native American prophecy for cultivating the ability to take nothing personally*;A guided meditation for developing patience in the midst of irritation*;Tips for accessing your innate strength and confidencesimply by altering your posture
Spiritual practice, Pema Chdrn teaches, has nothing to do with self-improvement, since, as the course's title claims, you're already perfect right now. The limitless qualities of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity are your deep-down, ultimate reality, and those are qualities that can't be improved upon. If you're not feeling particularly kind, compassionate, joyful, or equanimous at the moment, take heart: the Four Limitless Ones are there like seeds, waiting to be cultivated through practiceand, being limitless, they're rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. This intensive program of study and practice provides the tools you need to access these radiant states and to nurture their growth for sake of all beings, including yourself. Here's some of what you'll learn:*; How cultivating the Four Limitless Ones is the antidote to depression, irritation, and isolation*; Basic meditation instructions to get you started in the foundational practice*; A wealth of guided meditations for generating these radiant qualities to yourself, others, and the world*; Writing and reflection exercises to bring the Four Limitless Ones powerfully into real life*; A simple chant you can use to create love and good will around yourself*; Powerful on-the-spot practices you can use throughout the day, even when there's ';no time to practice'Do the program at your own pace. It fits perfectly with any other kind of meditation you're doing. And since no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required, it's also ideal for those new to spiritual practice. After you've completed the material inPerfect Just as You Are, you'll want to listen to it again periodicallyany time you need a refresher course in compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and joy.
Start Where You Areis an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chdrn presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "e;start where we are"e;embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chdrn frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "e;Always apply only a joyful state of mind,"e; "e;Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness,"e; and "e;Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment."e;Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation,Start Where You Areshows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.
Lojongis a powerful Tibetan Buddhist practice created especially for training the mind to work with the challenges of everyday living. It teaches our hearts to soften, reframes our attitude toward difficulty, and allows us to discover a wellspring of inner strength. In this recorded retreat, Pema Chdrn introduces thelojongteachings and explains how we can apply them to any situation in our lifebecause, as Pema says, "e;every moment is an opportunity for awakening."e; In addition, Pema also leads a guidedtonglenmeditation, a practice aimed at developing courage and cultivating compassion for ourselves and others.
It's true, as they say, that we can only love others when we first love ourselves, and we can only experience real joy when we stop running from pain. The key to understanding these truisms lies in remaining open to life in all circumstances, and here Pema Chdrn shows us how. When we embrace the happiness and suffering, intelligence and confusion that are a natural part of life, we can begin to discover a wellspring of courageous love within our hearts.
With war and violence flaring all over the world, many of us are left feeling vulnerable and utterly helpless. In this book Pema Chdrn draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression, hatred, and war, explaining that they lie nowhere but within our own hearts and minds. She goes on to explain that the way in which we as individuals respond to challenges in our everyday lives can either perpetuate a culture of violence or create a new culture of compassion."e;War and peace begin in the hearts of individuals,"e; declares Pema Chdrn at the opening of this inspiring and accessible audiobook. She goes on to offer practical techniques any of us can use to work for peace in our own lives, at the level of our habits of thought and action. It's never too late, she tells us, to look within and discover a new way of living and transform not only our personal lives but our whole world.