How to Meditate with Pema Chodron: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

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When it comes to meditation, Pema Chödrön is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost instructors. Yet most of her books and teaching programmes have focused on the benefits and challenges of a well-established practice . . . until now. On How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and author of When Things Fall Apart (Shambhala, 2000) presents her first complete audio course for those new to meditation. This in-depth, 5-session curriculum helps listeners honestly meet and ...
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Overview

When it comes to meditation, Pema Chödrön is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost instructors. Yet most of her books and teaching programmes have focused on the benefits and challenges of a well-established practice . . . until now. On How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and author of When Things Fall Apart (Shambhala, 2000) presents her first complete audio course for those new to meditation. This in-depth, 5-session curriculum helps listeners honestly meet and compassionately relate with the mind-the fundamental skill in meditation-as they join Pema to explore:- The basics of mindfulness awareness practice, including proper posture, inner and outer focus, and breathing- Overcoming common obstacles like physical discomfort, difficult emotions, wandering attention, or drowsiness- Guided sessions for resting in the nature of mind, staying present, and more-plus straightforward advice for bringing the fruits of practice into everyday life. If you could handpick someone to teach you the best way to meditate, Pema Chödrön would be a first choice for millions. Now this beloved voice shares with listeners everywhere her unique approach-simple and down-to-earth while informed by the highest traditions of Tibetan Buddhism-on How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön.
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"Pema is one of our most beloved and helpful teachers-practical, compassionate, and wise. How to Meditate is a great way to take her teachings to heart and develop a meditation practice."

-Jack Kornfield

Author of A Path with Heart and A Lamp in the Darkness

"Meditation doesn't remove pain, or alleviate the negative energy flowing through the world. This is the information which beloved teacher Chodrön offers readers at the beginning of this new book. Meditation will, however, relieve suffering, not by changing our outer environment but by turning our attention inward to make peace with ourselves. The aim is not to transcend our feelings of pain and distress. Instead, it is to open our hearts and minds to accept what we are feeling in any given moment even if that feeling is difficult. The gifts that Chodrön's meditation has to offer are steadfastness, clear awareness, courage, attention to the moment, and learning to not make too big a deal of things. The hallmarks of her teaching are gentle encouragement and loving acceptance. While she provides guidelines for getting started and exercises to keep us going, her greatest teaching is the lesson she shows us on every page: to show compassion for ourselves as we struggle with life's challenges and to base our success on the journey not the goal."

-Anna Jedrziewski
Retailing Insight Magazine

Publishers Weekly

Author and narrator Chödrön delivers an interesting spoken-word course recorded at a series of live sessions before a class. Listening to this audiobook is exactly like sitting in a university classroom or actually being in a meditation class. Every so often you can even hear the other class members cough or sneeze, as Chödrön delivers her material in a firm, unwavering manner, offering valuable insights into and techniques in the process of meditation. Listeners will find these recordings easy to follow and listener-friendly. The directions and instructions at each stage of the process are clear and well crafted; however, the lack of visuals may leave many somewhat unsure of exactly how they are supposed to be positioning themselves. However, Chödrön relates her message perfectly, by giving time for the listener to get into position and follow her instructions. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591797944
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 258,372
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pema Chödrön is the author of many spiritual classics including When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, and Taking the Leap. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche and the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. See gampoabbey.org.
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