© and (P)1998 Pema Chödrön; Cover Image ©1998 Darren McCain Guyaz
I continue to really enjoy this audio, although it is over 9 hours in length, I have listened to it many times over, and receive new insights each and every time. It has a calming effect which is greatly needed for many of us while we are living our lives in this intensely competitive and fast paced society! I highly recommend this audio book for anyone who is searching for ways to deal with the day to day ups and downs of life.
This is a series of lectures which are presented largely "off the cuff" so to speak, and as such, there are frequent lapses in clarity. It is taken for granted that the listener is familiar with Buddhist terms, none of which are explained even in an elementary way. As a result, I frequently found myself wondering what in the world she was talking about. This being said, there were genuine moments of insight, and Pema Chodron comes across as a caring human being who appears to be devoting her life to helping others to be free from suffering. The listener is guided through various methods of meditation which I found helpful, and I did gain a sense of space and freedom beyond the din of the mind.
I enjoyed the individual practices as well as all the talks she gave with them.
The ego Bodhichitta Practice which includes the 3 noble principles was helpful in dating relationships. The second one was Shmatha and it was about cultivating friendliness through meditation, posture, calm abiding working with thoughts, non-grasping mind which was good for dealing with anger that I've carried for years. The third was developing inner strength & trust by experiencing reality. It included the 4 limitless ones (loving kindness, compassion, joy, & equanimity, materialism). I find it hard to trust myself with my emotions and not blowing up on someone, so this one was really helpful in gaining trust over myself. The fourth one was Loving Kindness called 'The Practice of Maitri.' The roots of suffering and happiness, ignorance, etc. What I thought would make me happy don't. I'm learning to live with wanting and then letting go of the item. The fifth one was about your ego's weakness and
compassion practice. Letting go of addiction and obsession, dualistic thinking, far & near enemies of practice, pity/overwhelm/forgiveness This one is good if you put Gil's talk on letting go of past battles your still fighting.
I could go through each practice however, it will help you more to go through them yourself. Experience is worth more than any brief overview no matter how in-depth it may be. I did pay attention to the seventh on on Tonglen and I'm finding it easier to do. I'm also learning to let myself be healed.
"Pema did it again"
A marvelous series of lectures with explanations, meditations and a text to help those who are ready to do a "self guided" retreat. It taught me a great deal and is so full of wisdom that I keep listening every so many weeks.
"balancing with the heart"
this has more silence in than other audio downloads by pema chodrin....it is subtle and step by step......and the gong sounds as if it was in the room with you!
there is compassion both in the teachings and the gentle humour of Pema's voice, is helping me through a difficult time!
"An immersion in compassion....."
This is one of those audio books where the voice of the reader makes all the difference to how the content is experienced. I highly recommend this book for those who need an immersion in compassion!
The teachings can be absorbed by a kind of osmosis made far more accessible with Pema Chodron's warm, accepting and sonorous tones!
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