When Pain Is the Doorway: Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances

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Finding Freedom in Our Most Difficult Circumstances

What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out.

In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for...

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Overview

Finding Freedom in Our Most Difficult Circumstances

What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out.

In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness. From this understanding, we learn how to free ourselves from our propensity to suffer through the transformative awareness of impermanence-the dynamic and ever-shifting nature of both joy and suffering, self and selflessness-and the absolute and eternal flow from which all of it arises.

What is causing my pain? What will happen if I simply lean in, keep company with it, hold it with tenderness? Moment by moment, Pema supports and encourages listeners to bring an openhearted sense of curiosity and welcoming to our apparently impossible situations or unbearable relationships-to discover the deeper freedom available just beneath the surface.

For those experiencing emotional crisis, When Pain Is the Doorway provides expert guidance to help us stop, stay present, and enter into a more welcoming, spacious place of being that is our true home.

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"...Chödrön demonstrates that people can stop their suff ering and access their natural intelligence, warmth, and openness."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Pema Chödrön's writings have been helpful to countless people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world."
-BILL MOYERS
Host of "MYTHOS" and "Faith & Reason"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604079708
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 271,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Pema Chödrön is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many spiritual classics, including When Things Fall Apart, and The Places that Scare You. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul and the late Chögyam Trungpa. For more information, visit pemachodronfoundation.org.
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