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Latest Offering from the Archive:

Glimpses of Mahayana. 2 talks. These teachings by Pema Chodron are a commentary on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's Glimpses of Mahayana, available as Vol. 3 of his collected works (Shambhala Publications) or as a separate sourcebook. The main themes are buddhanature (basic goodness), maitri, the spiritual friend, and developing basic trust. Talk 1: How To Awaken Buddhanature; Talk 2: The Development of Trust. Recorded at Gampo Abbey, November 1996.
2 Audio CDs (462CD): Click here; or 1 mp3 download (462DL): Click here.


2013 Teachings from Pema Chodron:

Walk the Walk. This seminar by Pema Chodron, which also includes meditation instruction and talks by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, lays out a path for developing our intrinsic capacity to be compassionate human beings. The talks by Pema Chodron are beautifully complemented by practice instructions and talks given by Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, the principle student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. These passionate and instructive talks could also stand on their own. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, October 2013.
8 audio CDs: 190CD (click here); MP3 download: 190DL (click here); MP3 CD: 190MP (click here); or 4 DVDs (+ 1 CD): 190DVD (click here).
Watch a video sample from Talk 1 here: WATCH

Awareness, Compassion, and Wisdom. A commentary on Point Six Mind Training Slogan. In the first part of this talk, Pema Chodron discusses the path of practice, starting with becoming aware of our egoistic habitual tendencies, being compassionate towards ourselves, with warmth, and developing insight / wisdom out of that. This is the basis of the mahayana path, which uses all of our egotistic weaknesses, and difficult people, as path. In the second part of this talk, Pema Chodron gives a comprehensive overview of the point six "commitment" mind training (lojong) slogan. There are a few sound blips in the first 12 minutes. Nyingma Summer Seminar - July 2013 - Mangala Shri Bhuti, Phuntsok Choling, Ward, CO
2 audio CDs: 186CD (click here); MP3 download: 186DL (click here).; or 1 DVD: 186DVD (click here).
Listen to an audio sample from talk 1 here: LISTEN

The Facts of Life: Four Marks of Existence. The subject of this teaching weekend by Pema Chodron is the "four marks of existence": impermanence / death, egolessness, suffering, and peace. It includes four talks by Pema Chodron, one on each of these four, and also guided meditations and contemplations by Tim Olmsted. May 2013 at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY.
Audio CD set: 180CD or MP3 CD: 180MP or MP3 download: 180DL. DVD set: 180DVD.
Listen to an audio sample from talk 1 here: LISTEN

Increasing Our Longing To Help Others. Teachings for the Modern Day Bodhisattva. Three talks by Pema Chodron on Chapter 1 of Arya Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva, "The Excellence of Bodhichitta," with guided calm abiding meditation instruction and four immeasurables contemplations (love, compassion, joy, equanimity) by co-teacher Joey Waxman. These contemplations by Mr. Waxman are in the style of his and Pema Chodron's teacher, Dzigar Kongtrul, Rinpoche. Great Path recommends this teaching as the preferred presentation by Pema Chodron on this subject. May 2013 at Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling retreat center, Vershire, VT.
Audio CD set: 179CD or MP3 CD: 179MP or MP3 download: 179DL. DVD set: 179DVD.
Listen to an audio sample from talk 1 here: LISTEN


The Latest Offerings from the Archives:

Dissolving the Barriers. 4 talks by Pema Chodron. This seminar is about tuning in to the four limitless qualities - equanimity, maitri/loving-kindness, compassion, and joy - as well as learning to practice with our resistance to these, by "dissolving the barriers" to our open hearts. These qualities are already part of our basic nature, but can be brought out further through meditation and contemplation. Pema Chodron's talks also discuss how these qualities and practices are commonly misunderstood (the "near enemies") as well as their opposites ("far enemies"), which are often provoked by practicing this way. Resistance and obstacles can all be used as stepping-stones to waking up. These talks were given at Dorje Denma Ling retreat center in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, July 1998. Available in all formats, find item 183 in The Four Limitless One's category on the left hand side of this page or click here.
Listen to an audio sample from Talk 1 here: LISTEN

Heart Practice. 5 talks. This short seminar on the seven points of mind training slogans and tonglen practice reveals the path of the bodhisattva in a pithy and practical way, and at a very high level. 5 Mahayana talks by Pema Chodron with guided meditation at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center (Shambhala Mountain Center), 1992 Vajradhatu Seminary. Produced with the help of Gordon Kidd, Vajradhatu Publications.
For the different formats: CDs, MP3s, DVDs, type in 185 in the search box in the upper right hand corner of this page.
Listen to an audio sample here: LISTEN


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Pema Chödrön
Pema Chödrön is a student of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, and was asked to teach by her teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The current lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, appointed her to the position of Gampo Acharya (master teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist organization. She has also studied closely with Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, as well as a number of other great Tibetan Buddhist teachers and teachers of other Buddhist lineages.

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