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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated (March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159179238X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591792383
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pema Chödrön is an American bhikshuni, or Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. Since her ordination in 1974, Ane Pema ("Ane" is a Tibetan honorific for a nun) has conducted workshops, seminars, and meditation retreats in Europe, Australia, and throughout North America. She is the director of Gampo Abbey, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. Pema Chödrön is also an acharya (master teacher) in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

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I love to listen over and again as I get ready for the day.
G. Evaine
Pema Chodron speaks in a very accessable manner and uses stories and humor to illustrate her teachings, making it very easy to listen to these CD's.
C. E. Holtermann
Getting Unstuck is my second CD set of Pema Chodron's lessons.
A. B. King

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289 of 292 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Gimble on August 11, 2005
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Pema Chodron offers some sound, beautiful ideas on how to cope with not only addictive behavior, but basically anything in life that you just plain don't like. Her lovely, grounded voice is a pleasure to listen to, she's damned funny, and I've found myself listening to the ideas on this CD over and over as I make my way through the often hostile streets of Manhattan. It's like a primer in how to stay clear and calm and grounded in life, no matter how lousy (or terrific) your circumstances may be.
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Jill Guntur VINE VOICE on January 14, 2006
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I normally find authors audio series very disappointing. Not this one. I am a huge fan of Pema Chodron's work. She is a great example of someone willing to do the work to shift and change and create a better world around her. In typical fashion, she isn't offering you a blind eye to the painful or negative things in your life. She teaches you how to step into it and allow your own energy to shift and change the negativity. Truly an inspiring piece of work. When you do this work, reality doesn't intrude... it offers you the way out.
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208 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Trinity on June 20, 2005
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I became interested in Pema Chodron's teachings a few months ago, and continue to be amazed by her simple way of describing things that philosophers, psychiatrists, and academics would take volumes to hint at.

The teachings themselves I appreciate; after zillions of years of every kind of self-help known to womankind, these ideas and instructions are an enormous relief. This isn't a review of Buddhism, or this lineage within Buddhism. This isn't a review of this particular set of CDs. I wouldn't know how to do any of these things. I do know that after hearing countless talks and seminars and audiobooks of all kinds, I appreciate accuracy, clarity, generosity, and suggestions I can use immediately. I listen to these CDs over and over, and love them more every time.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By A. Omer on July 29, 2005
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Getting Unstuck consists of three audio CD's recorded at Gampo Abbey. Pema Chodron is funny and full of anecdotes during each session (about 1/2 hour each).
Session One: Learning to Stay
Stop scratching, exploring the itch
Session Two: The Heart of Distraction
Introduces Shenpa, how we get hooked
Session Three: Meditation, the Path to Enlightenment
Degrees of Shenpa
Session Four: Enjoying the Process
Lightening up, making daily aspirations, and keeping a bigger perspective
Session Five: Tools for Liberation
Stop kicking the wheel (stop keeping thought momentum going)
Session Six: Taking Your Practice into the World
Coming back to the present

I would have given Getting Unstuck five stars except I didn't think the practices were as specific and different as I expected. Coming back to "thinking" and sitting with the breath are not new for me. I do enjoy making the daily aspirations so I am more aware of my thoughts throughout the day and in turn I am choosing my words more wisely too.

Enjoy these CD's as there is something for everyone regardless of where they are in their meditation practice.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Wheeler on January 18, 2006
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I found this to be one of the most helpful and profound series of talks I have ever heard. Pema Chodron teaches a whole new (at least to me) approach to dealing with addictive behavior in ourselves and provides really useful and worthwhile ways of overcoming addictions. I kept going "wow" throughout the talks, and have gone back and listened to them again and again, and still find it helpful. Amazing teacher. Amazing teachings.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mongoose on August 18, 2006
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Pema Chodron begins by presenting the concept of 'staying', being present, in situiations both mundane and difficult. She points out, with insight and humor the reality that only for a small percentage of our lives are we actually 'present' rather than being preoccupied by- or purposely escaping in- thought. From there she introdueces 'shenpa' the Tibetian term for the quality or pre-cognative engery that is the genisis of the 'hook' that grabs you in the form of both negative and positive emotions. By discecting the events that lead to one's reaction to a given situation, i.e. anger, she shows us how to drive a wedge between the event and our response so we have a choice. We are no longer doomed to react, and repeat the same stimulus and response over and over and over. What makes these concepts so practical is her willingness to discuss them in terms of her own life and how memories of past traumatic events were eventually divested of the their destructive energy; then disucsses how we can use these tools in our own lives.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo Abdullah Nagasaki on August 14, 2006
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What a refreshing change from all the kitschy, marketing-driven New Age entrepreneurs!

Pema Chodron is a teacher from the Tibetan tradition who takes core Buddhist teachings and meditation techniques and applies them to our concrete, everyday life---without the thick layer of esoteric terminology and sleep-inducing academic presentation that all too many of her contemporaries have (even within the supposedly "teaching beyond words" Zen tradition) and without the 9-step pie-in-the-sky kitsch of the pop psychologists. Only Charlotte Joko Beck ("Everyday Zen") comes close.

Like the Dalai Lama's writing, there is a palpable and deep humility, gentleness, gratitude and quiet joy with which all of her words and laughter are imbued. She has an amazing knack for keeping it real: lots of candid personal anecdotes, pokes fun at herself from time to time, never puts herself on some lofty pedestal. It really felt like listening to a good friend chatting about herself, simply being herself: as with most true "masters," one is effortlessly taken by her simplicity, spareness, and an utter lack of pretension or vanity.

I have long admired her writing, but her voice adds an extra dimension of beauty and power, deeply calming in and of itself.

This was the first audio book I have ever listened to, and it will certainly not be the last.
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