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 of tonglen 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 ...
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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 of tonglen 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 7-page booklet covering tonglen instructions and suggestions for further reading. Audio edition 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: 1,327,827
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bhikshuni Pema Chodron is the first American-born woman to receive full ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She is the director of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, and author of the bestsellers The Wisdom of No Escape; Start Where You Are; and When Things Fall Apart.

Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eaton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

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