How to Meditate with Pema Chodron

How to Meditate with Pema Chodron : A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

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***How to Meditate Has Been Named One of Library Journal's Best Books of 2013*** Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first program exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That's why so many have turned to Pema Chodron, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. "How to Meditate" was recorded live, on retreat, at Gombo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada, over the course of a five-week retreat/ meditation program. Through five CDs of traditional insights and her personal guidance in 12 sitting sessions, Pema Chodron will help you honestly meet and compassionately relate with your mind as you explore: The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to learning to settle to breathing and relaxation Gentleness, patience, and humor--three ingredients for a well-balanced practice The Seven Delights-how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arisesThoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"-instead of obstacles-in meditation Here is in indispensable program from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over. "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 mediation," explains Pema Chodron. 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 Chodron. Disc One IntroductionBecoming your own meditation instructorThe cause of sufferingWorking with your mindLearning to settleStart with awarenessWorking with postureBeing faithful to the techniqueMeditation: Being present Disc Two IntroductionOur habitual patternsBeing right hereMeditation: Coming back to the breathComing back into presenceMeditation: Finding balanceAttention and relaxationDiscursive thoughtGentleness, patience, and humorMeditation: Relaxation Disc Three IntroductionMeditation: Faithful to being presentTraining in letting goUncovering Buddha natureMeditation: Uncovering Buddha natureRefreshing Your BodyWaiting for a thought to occurMeditation: Waiting, occurrence, dissolveSuggestions for your practice Disc Four IntroductionBalancing and settlingMeditation: working with thoughtsFixation and the thinking processExperiencing your emotionsWorking with unfavorable conditionsGo to your bodyBringing up a strong emotionMeditation: Working the feeling Disc Five IntroductionFully hereNo problem except identifyingSix sense perceptionsNon-dualistic experienceMeditation: Undivided awarenessNoticing when we go offMeditation: working with sightMeditation: working with touch "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 "This is a great compilation of meditation instruction which she has personal given to many of her students over the years. These instructions have brought so much help to others that it has made her one of the most loved and revered Buddhist teacher in this modern world. With a brilliant mind and an absolutely cheerful attitude toward life, she practices what she teaches." --Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpocheshow more

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  • CD-Audio | 5 pages
  • 129.54 x 147.32 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
  • Louisville, CO, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 1591797942
  • 9781591797944
  • 55,338

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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 Chodr?n 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 Chodr?n'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 Magazineshow more

About Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron 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. Pema first met her root guru, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Rinpoche, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong. Ani Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong in Boulder, Colorado until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave her explicit instructions on establishing this monastery for western monks and nuns. Ani Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is also a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the oldest son and lineage holder of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Ani Pema is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in the West, as well as continuing her work with western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. Her non-profit, The Pema Chodron Foundation, was set up to assist in this purpose. She has written several books: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time To Lose, Practicing Peace in Times of War, How to Meditate, and Living Beautifully. All are available from Shambhala Publications and Sounds more

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