Tibetan Buddhism describes three gates that everyone must pass through on the road to spiritual liberation. With the Three Commitments, Pema Chodron brings her unique blend of insight and gentle instruction to guide practitioners through each of these thresholds as they seek the source of true happiness.
As Pema explains, suffering arises when we resist the laws of impermenance - the fact that everything we know, including ourselves, will one day die. Here she provides teachings and practices for fully embracing life's ephemeral nature using these three traditional monastic vows or "commitments".
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This CD is clearly a distillation from a retreat during which the Buddhist vows of ordination were being taught. This is not specifically stated. Two of these, the protimoksha vow and the boddhisattva vow are both referenced and well taught on this CD. The samaya vow, the vow pertaining to tantric enlightenment, is mentioned but not included here. Although the reasons for this are obvious - these are very advanced teachings - it does make the title a misnomer and the content a little confusing to the layman. As a layman myself, I had to do some research to fill in the informational gaps.
That said, teachers don't come any better than Pema Chodron and anything she teaches is worth our attention. I read/listen to anything of hers that I can get my hands on and I highly recommend her to anyone interested in Buddhist thought.
As a Buddhist practitioner for the past 42 years, I can only say how wonderful it must be for new Sangha members to be able to hear these teachings presented in such a natural easy to understand way. As with almost any Truth the actual practice could take a life time and depending on how much resistance, might also be quite painful.Of all her recorded retreats my recommendation would be this one. Yet , I may like it most because it is the newest. Thank you old friend,
Scott [ from Colorado]
Her insightful, relaxed teaching style is unparalleled. There is nothing to criticize in this masterful guide to seeking a meaningful existence in the midst of the storms of being human.
Very indepth teaching from Pema
Of course. I have others. Not the first nor the last
Humor. Authenticity at a very human level
What is missing are all three commitments. I presume because the listener is not taking monastic vows. Seems appropriate in hindsight, but the title is very misleading when we don't hear everything. Even a chapter heading refers to the commitment and then Pema goes on to talk about something else.
Pema gets to the core of the path to enlightenment while relating to her and our humanness.
She is very down to earth with a straightforward message that we all can relate to.
This is good material, but partway into the book/lecture, the audio quality gets bad. It is distracting enough that it interferes with the book. I will keep the book because I like it, but I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone else.
Pema Chodron is always a pleasure to listen to.
I especially like her sense of humor and down to earth approach.
Yes. Absolutely. I just wish the audio quality was better.
Although I love the message and Pema's presentation, this is more of a retrat lecture rather than a book
Yes...I love her books
She was fine
Yes..., but because it's a lecture, the message isn't as succinct as her book would have been.
I was looking for this title: Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change and got the other instead
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