Today we are pleased to bring to you this excerpt from Smile at Fear: A Retreat with Pema Chodron. We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of ourselves. Take the journey with Pema Chodron and discover what is inside of your fear.
I think it’s really wonderful that so many of us are going to spend this time together. Despite its inconveniences and quite a few people expressed their dismay, at there being 3,000 people. They sort of thought they were going to have an intimate time with me and I actually was pretty amazed myself at this turn out. In fact, dumbfounded, but that this large group of people can gather together and mediate together and contemplate teachings that come from the intention of wanting to help the world at this time or any time.
The Shambhala teachings presented in the last ten years or so of his life and he died in 1987 were based on the fact that we could take our wish to be sane and open hearted people. That we could take that wish that most of us have to be more sane and more kind and more open hearted, open minded but that we could do it in a very large global context of wanting to wake up, to wanting to be kinder, more sane, more open hearted and open minded so that we could help other people. So that we could reach out to the people that come into our lives, our family members and neighbors and coworkers or perhaps we feel inspired to enter a profession where we spend all of our time and energy trying to help in a more global or national level.