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Coming Closer to Ourselves: Making Everything the Path of Awakening

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • What to do when it feels impossible to be kind to ourselves.
  • In challenging relationships and situations, how to let go of our story and see what’s really happening.
  • Cultivating inner comfort and greater kindness toward our bodies.
  • Leaning into frustration, sadness, and fear with a spirit of trust and intimacy.
  • Many other insights and recommendations to befriend the difficult places within us.

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

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    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-26-14
    Brandin Los Angeles, CA, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Listened to at least a dozen times"

    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!!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Florida 02-17-15
    Marian Florida 02-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "This is a lecture"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a lecture in front of an audience, not a book. That said, it's nice .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Pema Chödrön bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A soft loving voice,& a sense of humor.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Coming Closer to Ourselves?

    That where there is discomfort, therein lies an opportunity for me to learn what's really there.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 07-30-14
    Ann 07-30-14
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    "Great Reminders for ourselves to just be..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coming Closer to Ourselves to be better than the print version?

    Yes, you can connect with Pema's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coming Closer to Ourselves?

    All of them.


    Have you listened to any of Pema Chödrön’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's about the same


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just Be.....


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-02-15
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    "Tough concept taught with clarity"

    Outstanding discussion of abstract concepts. Highly recommend to anyone going down this road. Excited to start meditation as a daily gift to myself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Dwyer 04-06-15
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    "Helpful with addiction/recovery hurdles."

    Pema's narrative is a soft voice in your ear, giving helpful information with a dose of humor all the while being humble.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SRTulo 07-20-16
    SRTulo 07-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Sweet, tender, accessible wisdom seasoned with hilarity"

    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.

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    Sarah Blackburn San Rafael, Ca, US 01-22-15
    Sarah Blackburn San Rafael, Ca, US 01-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Always Learning From Pema's Wisdom"

    I always learn so much from listening. To Pema's words. It's the same story but bears repeating.

    I highly recommend her book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maryn Boess Portland, OR 01-16-15
    Maryn Boess Portland, OR 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pena is always amazing- this is no exception."

    Her warmth and profound respect for her teachers and their teachings are intoxicating. Bravo Pema!

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    Martha Newark, NJ 09-24-16
    Martha Newark, NJ 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I've come to be truly moved by her"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ding Wuen Liw Australia 09-05-16
    Ding Wuen Liw Australia 09-05-16

    "That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." - Christopher Hitchens

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    "A lecture on nothing"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/24/15
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    "Pema is a delight."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coming Closer to Ourselves to be better than the print version?

    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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elvis O
    12/22/15
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    "Profound offering ."

    From one of the worlds most accessible
    and experienced Buddhist teachers.
    A helpful guide to becoming present to yourself and your life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liam
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    "Inspirational"

    As always, Pema Chodron inspires us to gain a deeper insight into Buddhism, by a light and genuine narrative. Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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