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Noble Heart: A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles | [Pema Chodron]

Noble Heart: A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles

You can't get away from suffering. That's the good news, teaches Pema Chodron. For at the core of your most painful experiences, you will find the seeds of your awakening. On Noble Heart, this best-selling author and Tibetan Buddhist nun shows you how vulnerability is our greatest spiritual resource amid life's difficulties. Using special meditations and teachings, she shows how to cultivate your own noble heart, one that sheds its armor, and opens fearlessly to both heartache and delight.
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You can't get away from suffering. That's the good news, teaches Pema Chodron. For at the core of your most painful experiences (perhaps more than anywhere else) you will find the seeds of your awakening. On Noble Heart, this best-selling author and Tibetan Buddhist nun shows you how vulnerability is our greatest spiritual resource amid life's difficulties. Using special meditations and teachings, she shows how to cultivate your own noble heart, one that sheds its armor, and opens fearlessly to both heartache and delight.

This is a full 12-session curriculum of meditations, practices, teaching stories, and real-life examples presented in clear, easy-to-follow language.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2005 Pema Chodron; (P)2007 Sounds True

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    Jim san francisco, CA, USA 06-29-09
    Jim san francisco, CA, USA 06-29-09
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    "Wonderful, like a personal retreat"

    This is very much meant to be listened to as if you were on retreat. You won't get quite as much out of it if you listen to it in the car on the way to work or at the gym. (although closing your eyes while driving might be one way to get closer to the divine :-) In my case I spent an hour or so each day sitting on the beach listening to it over a week. Meditations ARE part of it, and while it might feel a little weird sitting in silence listening to your ipod, it's really no different than sitting with a group of people. Participating in the meditations really does add to the overall experience. There's four or five meditations that last for about 15 minutes... so they're short.

    Pema, as always, is extremely insightful. The teachings are excellent and you feel as if you're part of a retreat group. If you had the time to yourself, you could easily make a personal, 2-day retreat out of it.

    I would highly recommend this. However, if you've never really meditated before and are just getting into it, there are better books out there for getting your feet wet. Meditation For Beginners by Jack Kornfield is excellent as is Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Suriya Das. I think Pema also has an intro to meditation book, but I haven't heard it. But I love everything she's done so it's probably great too.

    68 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Chantal West Stockbridge, MA, USA 04-28-10
    Chantal West Stockbridge, MA, USA 04-28-10
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    "Noble Heart"

    This is one of the most beautiful program. Just listening to her voice helps center me. After giving an overview of what keeps us from being happy, each track is clearly focusing on one of the 4 techniques of meditations. The only thing I wish is that I could find where the meditations are. I had to write down where exactly they are in order to go directly to them after listening to the program. Awesome program otherwise.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Yeshe Totnes Valley, Australia 02-06-11
    Yeshe Totnes Valley, Australia 02-06-11
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    "Perfect for In-home Study"

    I found this audio book was best listened to at home when I had the time to participate in the meditations. I would recommend it to people who are starting out in Buddhism and who would like to set up a regular meditation and study session at home, or for those who have restricted access to a Buddhist community.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Russell UNSW SYDNEY, Australia 01-31-11
    Russell UNSW SYDNEY, Australia 01-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great opportunity to hear a Pema Chodron talk"

    Pema Chodron is a great interpreter and communicator of Buddhist philosophies in the modern world context. Her books are well worth reading. This talk is every bit as good as her books. Its recorded as she talks to an audience and yes there are occasional coughs which can be annoying but it this does not dilute the strength of her delivery or message. As I live on the other side of the world there's no way I could attend her talks so this is the next best thing. I think its good value.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Katita 05-05-09
    Katita 05-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Inspiring, relaxing, uplifting, marvelous"

    It helped me to see more clearly and to live better. I do recommend it and wish many other people could benefit from it. I am grateful.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Sydney, Australia 05-06-10
    Kate Sydney, Australia 05-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Spirituality that makes sense!"

    Pema Chodron is the most wonderful speaker. She has a lovely lilting, relaxing voice and what she says is well worth listening to. These sessions, recorded at a retreat, will give the listener lots of common sense, practical advice that they can really use to make their busy lives more spiritual. Highly recommended!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Karen gran forks, ND, United States 06-20-11
    Karen gran forks, ND, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful"

    It is what it is, a self-guide to better mental health. It is very enjoyable, but will correct flaws, or help to deepen your self awareness. She is a wonderful teacher.

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    Christine BERKELEY, CA, United States 07-25-12
    Christine BERKELEY, CA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Wonderful Retreat for the Body and Soul"

    Noble Heart literally saved my life and sanity years ago when I had to have back surgery for a crippling condition. I had been involved in yoga and meditation practices for years when I found myself debilitated for several months. I listened to this series over and over again and it changed my outlook on where I was and what I was going through. I was happy to be able to get it in a digital format recently during a very stressful time. Broken into chapters that give teachings and meditations it is easy to listen to and digest in bite size pieces. It was recorded during a retreat and gives the ambiance and feeling of being on that retreat. Pema Chodron is a wonderful teacher and meditation guide.

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    Richard Columbus, OH, USA 02-19-08
    Richard Columbus, OH, USA 02-19-08
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    A truly marvelous book for learning about yourself and how to manage your mind.

    35 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Scott La Canada, CA, United States 10-10-10
    Scott La Canada, CA, United States 10-10-10
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    "Abyssmal"

    I am an avid reader and listener of lectures, information, historical precedents and things of this nature. This was the single worst book I ever bought from Audible. It is mind-numbing with monotony, which by itself could theoretically invoke meditation, but this is the lecture. There are countless better books, writers and narrators.
    I mean no disrespect to any other reviewers who rated this title favorably and I hope they continue to receive a benefit from it. Please reconisder a dozen times before wasting a credit on this. There are countless great books here in every genre, I wouldn't impose this on anyone.

    Ceaseless musings distract from actual meditation. This is not a book to learn meditation, it is not a book if you enjoy guided meditation, in fact, this is not a book; it is a disorganized aggregate of under or entirely undeveloped points delivered in a monotone, lifeless presentation.

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