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Pema Chodron is one of today's leading meditation teachers. With more than one million books sold to date, she draws sold out crowds across the U.S. and Canada. On Unconditional Confidence, she offers two accessible sessions to help anyone find courage in times of challenge and change.
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  • James
  • BLUE MOUND, TX, United States
  • 04-23-12

Another Clear Sign-post from Pema for the Journey

The inner journey has many twists, turns, dead ends and distractions. This is my third "read" of Pema Chodron and in each one I have come away with guideposts, clear vision and surer footing for my own travels inward. Her manner, demeanor and quiet assurance are evident in her voice. Her ability to speak spontaneously with stories, analogies and structured technique lend confidence to my own experiences.

To be able to carry her words and her voice into my own meditations and daily life contribute to my growing confidence in my ability to find my way to peace, happiness and equinimity.

The only drawback to this book, in my mind, was the interview that was the second half of the book. I liked the idea behind the interview and some of the questions were helpful in clrarifying some of the material in the teachings. However, it became redundant and I found the interviewer's voice somewhat grating--this may be a personal preference that others might not share. I would not, however, let it stop me from reading a great lesson from a sensitive, wise teacher.

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Loved it!

This is my 4th lecture from the great teacher and Pema delivers a really great performance.
I would recommend this to anyone.

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Just what I needed at a crucial time of acceptance

Pema Chodron struck all the right chords and brought me to tears a couple of times as those chords rang true in my own life.

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 12-30-12

Great talk given by a great teacher

Here Pema Chodron gives her a personal interview at the end of the book about her past and how she came to be in Buddhism. She goes through here two meditations and one is very powerful. Here we learn about rooting ourselves to be flexible and preparing ourselves to be ready for the unexpected. I've been reading on old 'Earth' religions and they teach the same thing. I've found this technique very useful. Here you will find the information very useful and helpful.

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  • Marco
  • Great Barrington, MA, United States
  • 02-10-13

Thoughtful and Interesting

What made the experience of listening to Unconditional Confidence the most enjoyable?

I appreciate Pema Chodron's down to earth, straightforward clarity in speaking to mindfulness and courage. She is matter of fact in speaking to the realities of pain and fear in life but finds a way to bring those realities into a relationship with self. She successfully opens opportunities to engage mindfullness with out attaching to fear or anxiety

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyed it.

This is 1/2 speech and 1/2 interview. Both are great. Could be a little more detailed but, enjoyable for those starting out in the study of Buddism and the path of enlightenment.

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Great teaching

If you could sum up Unconditional Confidence in three words, what would they be?

listen to it

Any additional comments?

If you're looking for some realistic, invaluable buddhist teachings from a down-to-earth teacher, Pema is it.

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The myth of confidence

There is so much packed into this one talk and follow-up interview. Chodron reveals the myth of "confidence" and the human tendency to seek it, while illuminating what confidence, peace, and genuine joy from being comfortable with the unknown. She does a beautiful job sharing how we can become grounded in the groundless.

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underneath fear is beautiful tenderness

Discover how to pause and feel the beautiful tenderness that is beneath fear, anxiety, anger, and boredom.

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non judgement

Great listen in opening to all of my human qualities without giving them a title of good or bad.

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  • G
  • 04-02-10

Warm and inspiring teachings for life

I am deeply grateful to Pema Chodron and the line of teachers to whom she belongs. Her books and audio recordings have supported me through difficult times and helped me move towards increasing ability to work with and learn from whatever arises in my life. Her approach is very down to earth and, though it is sometimes framed in Buddhist language, I think it will be accessible and relevant to most adults interested in developing compassion and awareness.

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  • Abigail
  • 02-11-10

unconditional confidence

this is an interesting combination of teaching and interview, it has a contempoary feel to it as pema chodrun is asked to put her teachings into the context of other non dualistic thinkers of this time, i found this quite fascinating as it raised the practical application of buddhism to unhook us from our patterns and its shadow of making us identify with being meditators and attach to much importance to belief and practice as oppposed to groundlessness. But most valuable as always is the voice of gentleness and kindness against the rawness of modern times.

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  • helen cameron
  • 03-18-15

Wonderful Pema. Inspirational!

Wonderful Pema. Inspirational woman. She is amazing. Highly recommend this cd for anyone wanting spiritual guidance. I loved this cd

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  • Ruth Snow
  • 12-10-15

Unconditional Confidence

Always sage advice from Ani Pema. A delight to listen to and read. Always entertaining.

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  • ms. angel
  • 12-31-16

great talk

There is a brilliant talk between Pena Chodron and Tami Simon in the second part of audiobook