Synopses & Reviews
Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children—and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses. In this recorded weekend retreat, Pema draws on Buddhist teachings from The Way of the Bodhisattva
to reveal how we can:
• stay centered in the midst of difficulty
• improve stressful relationships
• step out of the downward spiral of self-hatred
• awaken compassion for ourselves and others
3 CDs, 3 hours
In this three-CD program, Pema Chö drö n draws on Buddhist teachings to reveal how to find real happiness amid the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of living. The secret, Pema says, is to develop the courage to investigate these experiences with an open heart, instead of avoiding or reacting to them. It is only when we courageously face painful experiences head on that we will be released from the “ hooks” of anger, blame, and other habitual responses that only cause suffering for ourselves and others.Here, in this recorded weekend retreat, Pema Chö drö n offers practical and inspiring advice on topics such as: Developing courage in the face of difficultyStepping out of the downward spiral of self-hatredThe revolutionary practice of patienceHealthy and unhealthy expressions of frustrationsHow to awaken compassion for oneself and others
This audio program also includes a 24-page booklet with verses from the classic Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva, reinforcing the key ideas from Pema’ s talk.
About the Author
Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.