The Truth of Our Existence

Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life
Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (393 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What would happen if we looked with fresh eyes at the struggles and "impossible situations" that we face every day - and found there four gifts that changed everything?

For decades, Pema Chödrön has brought clarity and heart to the core teachings of the Buddha, helping to make them relevant and useful in our everyday lives. With The Truth of Our Existence, she immerses us in one of Buddhism’s essential distillations of written wisdom known as The Four Marks of Existence.

These marks that shape all of us, teaches Pema Chödrön, are like forgotten gifts waiting to be found. And while they may ring familiar to some, they hold vast layers of often unrealized understanding to both new and seasoned ears alike. In this four-session learning program, Pema Chödrön illuminates for us:

  • The truth of impermanence and its power to give us strength and courage
  • The truth of egolessness - how it connects us with others and transforms fear and anger into clarity of vision
  • The truth about suffering, how we create it, and what to do when it seems unbearable
  • The truth of peace - that liberation or nirvana is real
  • How to use the wisdom of this profound sutra to touch the open and abundant expanse in which we truly dwell

With The Truth of Our Existence, Pema Chödrön invites us to see that there is, in reality, "no score to settle", and that we can step out of confusion, frustration, and fear - and into the space of heartful awareness.

©2014 Pema Chödrön (P)2014 Pema Chödrön

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No posturing or glib rote, just pure, spontaneous wisdom from the heart. Makes you feel whole, warts and all.

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Excellent, as always

Very comforting and expansive to listen to this new recording by Pema. The subjects, the questions, the answers, suggestions -- are hard, filled with ways to try to release control in response to deep losses and sadness. Many painful situations with challenging ways to move forward. And as always, amazingly, humor and laughter woven throughout.

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Which is Best..who knows anymore

Where does The Truth of Our Existence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Just when I think I found the best Pema audible ....another pops up....and THIS ONE...may be ( again ) my favorite

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WItty. enlightened..what more could someone want in a seminar

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Listen ....listen in bed...listen while making supper...listen instead of the TV....it will touch You

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Lovely

Lasy chapter especially wowed me. Thank you Pema. Your honesty, candor, and wisdom is remarkable.

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Wonderful

Pema Chödrön brings humor and gentleness to the difficult places in life. This was my first exposure to Chödrön but won't be the last. Buddhist philosophy that is accessible to anyone with any background.

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One of her best

I love anything Pema! This has become my favorite audio of hers as I think with her usual humor, wisdom and relatable style she encapsulates many core teachings. A must listen.

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Excellent follow-up to her other works

This audiobook includes recordings of several live presentations during a retreat. Very good, but I wouldn’t recommend this for a person’s first introduction to Pema Chödrön’s work. The content is somewhat more casual, light and entertaining, and seems to build on a foundation of previous understanding of Buddhist principles. One of the great features, as always, is Pema Chodron’s voice and her clear style of speaking. Very engaging and worthwhile.

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Shouting from the rooftop!

Pema Chodron is a fabulous teacher. She speaks so gently and simply yet never speaks down to anyone. I always feel like I am in the room with her when she speaks. Thank you Pema!

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  • 08-29-19

Excellent

Pema never disappoints. Her teachings here refer to impermanence & death, egolessness, suffering and peace, and with her usual kindness and humor she leads us to understand how to bring these teachings into our every day life. Excellent!

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Another star in Pema’s galaxy

During this audio a retreat participant thanked her for bringing in the”other side of spirituality,” and Pema replied with humility and humor, “the dark side.” And it’s that dark side, our humanity that Pema speaks to with relatable stories of life as a fellow traveler.

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  • 08-19-14

Pema at her best

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Clear, concise, helpful, relevant - the expected Pema toolbox with plenty of humour and kindness

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  • Farfallina
  • 03-26-16

The Truth of our Existence

Always such sage advice from Ani Pema. Her knowledge, humour and teachings are invaluable. Thank you to all for making her teachings available _/|\_

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  • 02-19-20

Simply wonderful

Another no nonsense classic Dharma teaching from Ven. Pema where she opens up the Buddha's teachings & draws upon her insights to explain.