Pema Chodron, one of our Living Spiritual Teachers, is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is a very popular Buddhist writer with a relaxed and accessible style. She spices up her meditations with colorful illustrations and always seems to have a fresh way of expressing spiritual subjects.
Emotions play a central role in our lives, and Chodron is especially good on ways to deal with fear, insecurity, being stuck, or feeling abandoned or ignored. In her view, the spiritual life means embracing rather than fleeing from the unwanted, painful, and messy parts of ourselves. She brings the riches of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to bear on these feelings.
In her books and audio retreats, Chodron encourages us to look at ourselves clearly, to touch the soft spot of our hearts, and to dissolve the barriers that separate us from others. We have personally benefited enormously from her teachings. Whether focusing on loving kindness, the art of peacemaking, or tonglen meditation practice, she has enabled us to develop a sense of sacredness and tenderness toward ourselves and others. And she offers everyone a perspective that draws us close to others in our world of divisions. "True compassion does not come from wanting to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves," she writes, "but from realizing our kinship with all beings."
This e-course, created by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, consists of 40 short readings from Pema Chodron's books and a related practice suggestion. If you already are familiar with Pema Chodron's work, we know you will enjoy this fresh approach to it. If you don't know her teachings, it's time you did! This e-course provides a very special practice experience with a true spiritual master of our times!
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
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