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

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


By (author) Pema Chodron, By (author) Alice Walker, By (author) Pema Ch?dr?n

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  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 145mm x 15mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Louisville
  • ISBN 10: 1591793920
  • ISBN 13: 9781591793922
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 315,644

Product description

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 Chodron 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 Chodron 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 Chodron 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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Author information

Ani Pema Chodron 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."