Pema Chödrön Have you ever had an itch, and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to "scratch", great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chodron introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality; a "pre-emotional" feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort, often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at "both the itch and the scratch": what Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa. On this new, full-length recording, Pema Chodron, best-selling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chodron to discover more about:
Critical mind: how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri, loving-kindness, toward yourself How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chodron. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving into them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chodron guides us through this "sticky feeling", exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.
Pema Chödrön Happiness is your birthright, and it is readily available at any given moment, teaches Pema Chodron. So, why do we live in such suffering? "The potential for happiness is not based on outer things; they come and go, causing us misery," she begins. "We're always chasing after something, trying to avoid the difficult places. But there are a lot of small sweetnesses that we ignore because they're so fleeting."
With True Happiness, Chodron guides us through simple-yet-effective practices that show us how to recognize and nurture these moments of delight, cultivating them until they become more and more frequent, accessible, and real as a constant influence in our lives.
At the root of everything is "basic goodness", a Buddhist view that each of us is fundamentally awake and compassionate, yet we tend to look at ourselves from a place of "badness", explains Chodron. We spend our lives in self-doubt and confusion, attempting to be perfect and "get it right". But life is about being open to whatever might arise, including feelings of uneasiness as well as feelings of contentment and peace. Rather than asking "how can I get out of this?" ask "how can I stay in this moment of discomfort and begin to soften?" It is in that moment of softening that you will find your open heart, teaches Chodron. "Everyone has the longing to feel the open heart, because it is a deep happiness that can never be taken away."
True Happiness gives you the opportunity to spend "Yarne", or winter retreat, with Pema Chodron in the warmth and comfort of your own home. Join this best-selling author and teacher as she guides you through seven hours of effective meditations and practices to dissolve the barriers to your heart, reconnect with the source of basic goodness, and cultivate a sense of happiness, if only to touch upon it for brief but precious moments at a time.
Pema Chödrön Pema Chodron is one of today's leading meditation teachers. With more than one million books sold to date, she draws sold out crowds across the U.S. and Canada. On
Unconditional Confidence, she offers two accessible sessions to help anyone find courage in times of challenge and change.
Pema Chödrön When it comes to meditation, Pema Chodron is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost teachers. Yet she's never offered an introductory course on audio - until now.
In How to Meditate with Pema Chodron, subtitled "A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind", the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun and best-selling author presents her first complete spoken-word course for those new to meditation. Through traditional insights and her personal guidance in 12 sitting sessions, Chodron will help you honestly meet with, and compassionately relate to, your mind as you explore:
The basics of mindfulness awareness practice, from proper posture, to learning to settle, to breathing and relaxation
Gentleness, patience, and humor - three ingredients for a well-balanced practice
Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises
Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight" - instead of obstacles - in meditation
Pema Chödrön How to Befriend Your Most Challenging Emotions and Experiences
In challenging times, why do so many of us turn to Pema Chödrön for guidance? Many say that it’s her honest and caring way of communicating the core teachings of Buddhism - not just conceptually, but directly from her heart to ours. In these inspiring sessions, she teaches us how to give that compassion to the person we neglect most often - ourselves. With her, you will explore:
What to do when it feels impossible to be kind to ourselves.
In challenging relationships and situations, how to let go of our story and see what’s really happening.
Cultivating inner comfort and greater kindness toward our bodies.
Leaning into frustration, sadness, and fear with a spirit of trust and intimacy.
Many other insights and recommendations to befriend the difficult places within us.
Through gentle and clear guidance, Coming Closer to Ourselves shows us how, even in the tumult of life’s uncertainties, we can begin with a glimmer of curiosity, move closer into our experiences, and discover a place of welcome and refuge within.
Pema Chödrön We reinforce addictions by giving into them, but what is there to do when we get that "itchy" feeling? Learning to Stay Present shares insights for peacefully refraining from the "urge to scratch." In this recording from a live event with Pema Chodron, she discusses the ineffable quality known in the Buddhist tradition as shenpam a pre-emotional feeling that arises in us, brings discomfort, and often leads to unskillful, habitual reactions.
Pema Chödrön 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.
Pema Chödrön Where will we look when we are afraid? How do we find strength? In what can we place our trust? According to Tibetan Buddhism, there are four noble aspirations, known as the Four Great Catalysts of Awakening, which we can call on to cultivate strength and openness in any situation.From Fear to Fearlessness brings us into the company of beloved teacher Pema Chödrön to discover and cultivate these four immeasurables: maitri (loving-kindness), compassion, joy, and equanimity. They are our greatest antidote to fear, teaches Ani Pema. By practicing them, we begin to experience a supreme steadfastness and peace independent of conditions. Join the best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart to learn:
How self-acceptance overcomes the judging mind
Using honesty as a conduit to the parts of ourselves that need kindness and love the mostMaitri: the meditation practice that multiplies love
The definition of an enlightened being is one who is completely fearless, teaches Pema Chödrön. With guided meditations, rare heart teachings, and Ani Pema's trademark humor, here is a timeless path from fear to fearlessness.
Note: Excerpted from the full-length audio course The Noble Heart.
Pema Chödrön For thirteen hundred years, Tibetans have been practicing shamtha/vipashyana (peaceful dwelling/insight): a profound form of meditation that illuminates and purifies the obstacles to spiritual realization. Tibetan Buddhists today regard shamatha/vipashyana as both the fundamental and the most advanced spiritual practice of all. On
Pure Meditation, Pema Chödrön - the beloved American-born nun known for her bestselling book
When Things Fall Apart - takes you step by step through this timeless and elegant meditative form. You will learn the posture that helps you relax your mind, how to use your own breath as a reminder to return to the present moment, and what to do with the many thoughts and emotions that arise during your meditation sessions. A straightforward, authoritative resource for students at all levels,
Pure Meditation is a definitive guide to the authentic Tibetan Buddhist meditation that has brought its practitioners relaxation, peace of mind, and deeper awareness for hundreds of years.
Pema Chödrön American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chodron shares the gift of tonglen, a powerful breath-based meditation practice for transmuting the suffering within ourselves and in those around us into the energy of compassionate awareness. It's one of the most effective ways to begin bringing the benefits of the inner spiritual life into the world.