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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.