How to Befriend Your Most Challenging Emotions and Experiences
In challenging times, why do so many of us turn to Pema Chödrön for guidance? Many say that it’s her honest and caring way of communicating the core teachings of Buddhism - not just conceptually, but directly from her heart to ours. In these inspiring sessions, she teaches us how to give that compassion to the person we neglect most often - ourselves. With her, you will explore:
Through gentle and clear guidance, Coming Closer to Ourselves shows us how, even in the tumult of life’s uncertainties, we can begin with a glimmer of curiosity, move closer into our experiences, and discover a place of welcome and refuge within.
©2012 Pema Chödrön (P)2012 Pema Chödrön
This has been one of my favorite of Pema's audiobooks. She talks a lot about groundlessness, & nurturing your relationship with fear. One of my favorite phrases ((which I have written on the wall by my desk)) is "If there is PRAISE, there will be BLAME". I would recommend this book to anyone :) love you Pema!!
This is a lecture in front of an audience, not a book. That said, it's nice .
Pema Chodron. I'm new to Buddism so have no insight or judgements about it. There are words anyone more familiar would certainly understand, references to other apparently famous teachers in the world yet I was able to grasp the main messages. Sit with it. Whatever discomforts you... Just sit with it. Examine things that way (instead of reaching for food, another distraction, etc.) don't block things out, just welcome everything. That's what I got out of it anyway.
A soft loving voice,& a sense of humor.
That where there is discomfort, therein lies an opportunity for me to learn what's really there.
Yes, you can connect with Pema's voice.
All of them.
It's about the same
Listening to these talks by Pema which seem to be five weekly lessons in a course she taught, was an amazing, gentle way to become introduced to buddhism and provided a whole new perspective on learning versus many of the other books I've been reading by people who seem to have discovered their own approaches.
By contrast, Pema, is it gifted teacher of the already known and does a masterful job of explaining the basics of Buddhism in an easy to understand, yet complex and in-depth fashion which was replete with new insights and transmutational thoughts for me, personally.
In particular, she explores the concept of anger as wisdom often towards the end of the book. This is a profound transformation (anger into wisdom instead of destruction) that can do a world of good in this day and age.
I always learn so much from listening. To Pema's words. It's the same story but bears repeating.
I highly recommend her book.
Her warmth and profound respect for her teachers and their teachings are intoxicating. Bravo Pema!
This is a book of lectures, and the sound resonance of her voice differs from chapter to chapter.
But what she says is something I can listen to many times. It's one step on a journey of awakening and it's a beautiful one.
"That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens
Unfortunately the lectures do not resonate with me whatsoever. I much prefer Buddhist philosophy that is backed up by modern neuroscience - Kelly McGonigal and Kristin Neff are two of the ones that I find more convincing because the teachings are backed up by evidence and provides a more nuanced interpretation of Buddhist philosophy.
"Pema is a delight."
There is no print version as far as I'm aware - this is a series of talks with a live audience. It's wonderful, though. Pema's voice and manner are so pleasant and gentle on the ear and on the soul, and frequent relistening always brings up new nuggets of wisdom that passed me by previously. Really great to have on in the car or in the kitchen while washing up and chopping vegetables!
"Profound offering ."
From one of the worlds most accessible
and experienced Buddhist teachers.
A helpful guide to becoming present to yourself and your life.
"Wisdom with humour"
If you are serious about doing the deep work of being with yourself, even when the emotions this brings up are challenging but would like to learn this from someone with lightness and self effacing humour then this may be the book for you. I wish you well on your journey.
As always, Pema Chodron inspires us to gain a deeper insight into Buddhism, by a light and genuine narrative. Wonderful!
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