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Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation: On the Meaning of Suffering and the Mystery of Joy

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How can human suffering become good medicine? Through tonglen: the ancient Tibetan meditation that transforms pain into compassion on the medium of your own breath.

Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation reveals the revolutionary power oftonglen through a dialogue between two hearts and minds forged in very different cultures—and yet deeply joined in the simple practice of compassion.

Take a front-row seat as the Pulitzer Prize-winning ...

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Overview

How can human suffering become good medicine? Through tonglen: the ancient Tibetan meditation that transforms pain into compassion on the medium of your own breath.

Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation reveals the revolutionary power oftonglen through a dialogue between two hearts and minds forged in very different cultures—and yet deeply joined in the simple practice of compassion.

Take a front-row seat as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and American-born Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön reflect on anger, joy, fear, and the union of spirituality and social activism. Hear their personal experiences of the "giving and taking" meditation and how it has helped heal their lives. Let their combined wisdom illuminate the realm, available to us all, where the barriers between self and others dissolve.

Recorded live at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker in Conversation comes with a seven-page booklet covering tonglen instructions and suggestions for further reading. Includes a lively Q&A session.

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Recorded live at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, this conversation provides a concise introduction to the meditation practice of tonglen. Chodron is the first American woman to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun and has taught and written about tonglen for nearly two decades. Novelist, poet, and commentator Walker was introduced to the practice and to Chodron several years ago. Simply put, the meditation is performed by breathing in suffering and breathing out relief. Chodron and Walker talk about the effect of this give and take on their lives; they are comfortable with one another, and the dialog flows smoothly. The tape comes with an excerpt from Chodron's book When Things Fall Apart that further explains how to practice this ancient technique.--Nann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591793922
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 309,711
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (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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