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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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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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Authentic

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

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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

What about Pema Chödrön’s performance did you like?

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

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

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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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  • jenn
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  • 07-25-15

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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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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Another great book from a wise teacher!

Love the teachings of Pema! She has a calm, approachable, wise, and humorous way of explaining the challenges of our humanity. Highly recommended!

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  • Kb
  • 05-04-17

Clearly defined concepts

Clear introduction to basic concepts that need to build upon. Must read if new to philosophy

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Transformative

In four hours you can gain life changing wisdom with a smile and regardless what faith you practice.

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  • Annette
  • 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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  • Ruth Snow
  • 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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