In How to Meditate with Pema Chodron, subtitled "A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind", the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation. Through traditional insights and her personal guidance in 12 sitting sessions, Chodron will help you honestly meet with, and compassionately relate to, your mind as you explore:
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A great introduction to meditation. I love all Pema Chodron's recordings and insightful books. She is gentle, kind and wise. Humor works to lighten the mood and move the listener effortlessly through the instruction. The recording gives the feeling of being in a live retreat or class setting. Highly recommended.
This series of lectures was a wonderful introduction to meditation for me. I think my understanding of what one can aim for was greatly expanded. I enjoyed her clarity, her lightness and humor and will listen to it more than a few times. Personally, I had no problem with the sound... in fact, it felt good to hear the resonance of the room which made me feel like I was there as well.
I love Pema's mixture of compassion, faithfulness to technique, and attitude of sheer delight. She has helped me improve my daily practice.
It sounds like it was recorded from across the room with a very amateur microphone. It's hard to hear what she is saying and pay attention, let alone relax and focus. Too bad.
"A woman of real depth"
Pema Chodron clearly has a great insight into, and experience of meditation. The silences are both very appropriate and helpful in getting a sense of what meditation is all about. She has a deep understanding of what meditation is all about, and is able to convey that with her humour.
As she has such a wide awareness and consciousness, she is able to find humour in almost anything. But not a cynical humour, but a rich, loving humour.
She is a very warm and genuine person, and it is hard not to respond in kind.
If you are interested in meditation, then this is a must to experience. It will change your life for the better - if you let it.
"Dreadful recording quality"
This is not a book or a novel. This is a guide to meditation and the recording quality is so poor that it is impossible to actually use it as the guide it was intended to be. There are extended silences during which one is supposed to follow the instructions however the recording is one made with an automatic level control and the background noise level rises slowly to a roar during what is supposed to be silence. To make matters worse the data reduction software can't really make a decent job of noise so it sound even worse. Shoddy work. Awful and unusable
Very clear and thoughtful
Engaging and very very worthwhile
I shall come back again and again. A real classic treasure.
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