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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 teachers. Yet she's never offered an introductory course on audio—until now.

On How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and bestselling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation.

Through traditional insights and her personal guidance, offered in ...

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Overview

When it comes to meditation, Pema Chödrön is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost teachers. Yet she's never offered an introductory course on audio—until now.

On How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and bestselling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation.

Through traditional insights and her personal guidance, offered in 12 sitting sessions, Pema Chödrön will help you honestly meet and compassionately relate with your mind as you explore:

  • The basics of mindfulness awareness practice, from proper posture to learning to settle to breathing and relaxation
  • Gentleness, patience, and humor—three ingredients for a well-balanced practice
  • Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
  • Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"—instead of obstacles—in meditation

"From my own experience and from listening to many people over the years, I've tried to offer here what I feel are the essential points of meditation," explains Pema Chödrön. Now this beloved voice shares with you her accessible 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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Editorial Reviews

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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: 366,559
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.

While in her mid-thirties, Ani Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to Scotland at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him.

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