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 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.
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!!
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.
My first exposure to her teachings was in "When Things Fall Apart". As with that book, in this workshop recording are golden bits of practical and clear methods of approaching every day situations. I would not recommend it as a first text, but certainly it is not necessary to be long time student to benefit. She is as charming and funny as she is open and kind.
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.
Pema is so clear and approachable. Her way of talking about the Heart Sutra, the different forms of Buddhist teachings are easy to understand and her explanations of the practice of being present with strong energy are so incredibly helpful! I can't recommend this one enough if you're going through a difficult time.
Thes words in this audio file have been recorded during some sort of a seminar or class setting. In that way it is not really a audiobook. I would like to recommend these recordings to people who have a hard time accepting a painful reality. Pemma is a buddhist teacher that makes theoretical concepts, chrystal clear and practical.
Relatively easy to understand and learn from her experiences.
A bookworm who discovered the life hack that is audiobooks in January 2016. Personal development, history, and literary fiction are my faves
This is my first experience in listening or reading some of Pema Chödrön's work and I really enjoyed it. This was a 5 hour speech that seems divided over a series of teachings on Buddhist philosophies. I'm not a Buddhist myself, but I am trying to learn what I can on the nature of awakening and enlightenment after having my own experiences with it and Buddhism offers some of the closest and most sensible analogies to this. Pema's voice and messages were practical and calming. I didn't understand every reference to Buddhist scripture because I am totally unfamiliar with them, but it didn't take away from my understanding or enjoyment of her own teachings. If anything they intrigued me enough to try and learn more. I related to her talks on suffering and feel she gives a solid process for encountering these thoughts and feelings with an unfolding of truth, understanding and self compassion. This is exactly the type of message I needed to hear at this point in my personal journey, where the awakening has slipped away and the self has come back with some of it's old thoughts and patterns. After listening to this, I realize I have some work ahead of me to be with this suffering and grow from it.
"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!
The recording is a little tinny but I stopped noticing within a couple of minutes. This is fascinating, a series of talks given in an unpolished engaging style from a Buddhist nun who is very in touch with real life. I am not a Buddhist but gained so much from this.
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