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The Fearless Heart by Pema Chodron

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In this wonderful transcribed excerpt from Pema Chodron's talk on "The Fearless Heart: The Practice of Living with Courage and Compassion," Pema tells us how we may begin to work with fear by not shutting down or running away from it, as is our first inclination, but by going into the fear.

"This morning I wanted to begin with a short teaching on working with emotions that comes from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and if you would like to write this down, the name of the teaching is “The Lion’s Roar” and it appears in the March 1997 edition of the Shambhala Sun, which had a picture of me on the cover. So maybe there is some way you can locate that article and read it.
This is a teaching that has influenced me a lot over the years, ..."

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“Excellent production. Chödrön has a remarkable knack for making spiritual practices simultaneously insightful and funny. Though her performance is live (complete with guided meditations and questions and answers), her explanations are astonishingly clear, direct, and provocative; indeed, their unguarded, unrehearsed quality makes them more attractive.”—AudioFile

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Fear and guilt are two of the greatest challenges we face on the spiritual path—but there is a way to transform these painful feelings into courageous self-acceptance. Here Pema Chödrön presents the five aphorisms for developing fearlessness that were given to Machig Lapdronma, one of Tibetan Buddhism's greatest female teachers. Pema comments on these aphorisms, holds question-and-answer sessions, and leads guided meditations to help us:
   •  overcome shame and guilt
   •  remain courageous in the face of pain
   •  transform our relationships with difficult people
   •  increase our feelings of generosity and compassion

Running time: 5 hours
ISBN: Digital Download 978-1-59030-911-7