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Publisher's Summary

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
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    • Sara
    • 23-10-2014

    Intro to Meditation

    A great introduction to meditation. I love all Pema Chodron's recordings and insightful books. She is gentle, kind and wise. Humor works to lighten the mood and move the listener effortlessly through the instruction. The recording gives the feeling of being in a live retreat or class setting. Highly recommended.

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    • B. Kyle
    • 24-08-2008

    Excellent and Useful

    This series of lectures was a wonderful introduction to meditation for me. I think my understanding of what one can aim for was greatly expanded. I enjoyed her clarity, her lightness and humor and will listen to it more than a few times. Personally, I had no problem with the sound... in fact, it felt good to hear the resonance of the room which made me feel like I was there as well.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 10-05-2017

    Excellent listen!

    I felt positive results from the exercises before I even finished the book. it was easy to understand, and Pema's voice was very soothing and relaxing, not to mention she is very humorous and personable. I enjoyed the book so much i even went and bought another of her books in paperback. I would recommend it to any one who is interested in learning to meditate or simply destress and relax.

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    • Eduardo Aparicio
    • 04-01-2017

    Grateful for Pema

    I love Pema's mixture of compassion, faithfulness to technique, and attitude of sheer delight. She has helped me improve my daily practice.

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    • Catherine A Gould
    • 03-11-2017

    Great guidance

    I am not sir how closely this follows the text, but it is about 60% guided meditations and the rest is very helpful guidance on right views

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    • Christopher Mulle
    • 02-07-2017

    Gentle comprehensive guidance

    From a dedicated soul! Genuine, real, integrative and humorous....a sweet fragrance of the love we seek, the love we are!! Be still and know that I am is god...tat tvam asi

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    • Magnus
    • 27-11-2015

    Fruitful.

    Hard processed, but fruitful. A good guide. I sometimes meditated without audio, and sometimes gets back to get instructions.

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    • Dean
    • 10-07-2008

    Poor audio quality.

    It sounds like it was recorded from across the room with a very amateur microphone. It's hard to hear what she is saying and pay attention, let alone relax and focus. Too bad.

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    • conor
    • 15-07-2016

    Dreadful recording quality

    This is not a book or a novel. This is a guide to meditation and the recording quality is so poor that it is impossible to actually use it as the guide it was intended to be. There are extended silences during which one is supposed to follow the instructions however the recording is one made with an automatic level control and the background noise level rises slowly to a roar during what is supposed to be silence. To make matters worse the data reduction software can't really make a decent job of noise so it sound even worse. Shoddy work. Awful and unusable

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    • R Eddleston
    • 04-01-2017

    A woman of real depth

    What did you like most about How to Meditate with Pema Chodron?

    Pema Chodron clearly has a great insight into, and experience of meditation. The silences are both very appropriate and helpful in getting a sense of what meditation is all about. She has a deep understanding of what meditation is all about, and is able to convey that with her humour.

    What about Pema Chodron’s performance did you like?

    As she has such a wide awareness and consciousness, she is able to find humour in almost anything. But not a cynical humour, but a rich, loving humour.

    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    She is a very warm and genuine person, and it is hard not to respond in kind.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are interested in meditation, then this is a must to experience. It will change your life for the better - if you let it.

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    • suziejayne
    • 04-02-2015

    Excellent

    Very clear and thoughtful
    Engaging and very very worthwhile
    I shall come back again and again. A real classic treasure.

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