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When Pain is the Doorway

Awakening in the Most Difficult Circumstances
Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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Finding freedom in our most difficult circumstances.

What if the full sense of our aliveness were only to be found amidst our most challenging times and difficult experiences? In pain and crisis, teaches Pema Chödrön, there lies a hidden doorway to freedom that appears to us only when we're sure that there is no way out.

In these intimate audio learning sessions, Pema Chödrön helps us distinguish the triggers or external events that we blame for our suffering from the deeper habitual patterns that feed our anger, fear, or sadness. From this understanding, we learn how to free ourselves from our propensity to suffer through the transformative awareness of impermanence - the dynamic and ever-shifting nature of both joy and suffering, self and selflessness-and the absolute and eternal flow from which all of it arises.

What is causing my pain? What will happen if I simply lean in, keep company with it, hold it with tenderness? Moment by moment, Pema supports and encourages listeners to bring an openhearted sense of curiosity and welcoming to our apparently impossible situations or unbearable relationships - to discover the deeper freedom available just beneath the surface.

For those experiencing emotional crisis, When Pain Is the Doorway provides expert guidance to help us stop, stay present, and enter into a more welcoming, spacious place of being that is our true home.

©2013 Pema Chödrön (P)2013 Pema Chödrön

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Perfect simplicity.

Pema Chodren always manages to capture the essence of Buddhist teachings in a way which is accessible and profound. Whether you are an experienced Dharma student or a beginner Pema Chodren's words are truly inspiring.

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Great

Pema covers your "propensities to be bothered" - AKA anything that triggers you emotionally (pain, fear or anger) or causes you to deny, dismiss or ignore something - anything that causes a negative behavior loop that repeats throughout your life until you address it.

The first step is to find or identifying something and then Pema encourages you to break the behavior loop or at least disrupt it for (start with 1 minute). BE with that feeling and ask yourself "What is the root of suffering - in this?" BE with that too. Just observe.

This speech is so simple and yet so many things are included here. The bottom line is - if you want a NEW outcome, you need a new behavior, or a new approach at least.

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  • 06-08-2014

Interesting work let down by production quality.

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The content is really interesting, however the recording of the second half is absolutely abysmal and I am surprised that Audible would charge for something of such poor quality.

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  • M. Lord
  • 15-03-2015

Good talk

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I enjoyed this talk. The subject on hardship as a door opening for growth is useful and inspiring.

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The only drawback was some parts of the recording quality aren't the best only because of microphone being moved, so a few spots muffled.

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  • SJRod
  • 10-12-2017

excellent

I have all of Pema Chodrons audio talks and books and even more on pre-order. as always excellent quality recording live and again excellent explanations.

highly recommended