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Coming Closer to Ourselves: Making Everything the Path of Awakening | [Pema Chödrön]

Coming Closer to Ourselves: Making Everything the Path of Awakening

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.
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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!!

    4 of 4 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.....


    1 of 1 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.

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    Deryk the Gypsy 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great as always!"

    loved it, she is funny and wise....well worth listening to. we all need to sometimes take a deep breath and contemplate

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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.


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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.

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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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    "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.

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  • 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!

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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!


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