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:
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.
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I truly view teachings by Pema Chodron as medicine. It seems to assist me in placing all things in my day into prospective.
"Pema is authentic"
I love this author and all of her material. I can sense her genuine knowledge through her own experience of subjects discussed. She continues to be a real inspiration to my practice!
"I couldn't relate to this one..."
I've had a mixed experience with Pema Chödrön. Out of all the books and audiobooks I've read or listened to, I found she had this kind of naïvety that I felt kept her from really understanding certain issues. Her advice ends up feeling so unsuitable and uninformed that if I were speaking with her in person, I'd probably just give a blank stare, squeeze out an "okay, thanks," and walk away knowing not to ask her something so serious again. With titles like "The Places That Scare You" and "From Fear to Fearlessness," you'd think she'd understand extreme fear and trauma enough to speak about it with perspective, but that wisdom just doesn't feel like it's there. I know a good intent is, and a willingness to help, but she just isn't suited for the job because on a certain level, she just doesn't seem to understand. This shows in the relative lightness of the books -- where fear is more about not telling your spouse something embarrassing, rather than dealing with abuse or PTSD, serious depression or anxiety. Now I'm not saying this book couldn't help you -- it may. Just be cautious about assigning it the job of helping with something serious. These books she writes seem like suggestions more for normal life issues, not for when all hell breaks loose. In those cases, I'd say go elsewhere to someone either more experienced, with more personal understanding, or who isn't shy about really digging down at that awful stuff -- because that's where you need to go to fix it, trust me.
"Pithy and Most Helpful"
One of Ani Pema's best! She offers many practical and employable teachings. Especially meaningful is her talk on compassion.
I likemuch Pema's confidance and richness of her knowlage & teachablitiy. However, it seemscobviously that most of her meditation are based on Puoddisim, which is related to the excersise of mind and body with a little spertual treatment she added from cristanity. Thisis oposed to psychological meditation ignoring the latter element.
Pema also used a happy wish for people you hate that is clearly related to how to let go or forgive them for thier negativity.
hers is really powerful and touches the rigity of ours and yet the soft spot within us.
Thanks Pema .. I wish you that you further find your the ture avinue for your life.
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