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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; Unabridged edition (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797463
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.

While in her mid-thirties, Ani Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to Scotland at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him.


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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is also the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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This is a 2-CD set.
Heather LaRee
I really do respect what I've heard so far from this woman so far and am looking forward to hearing this cd.
Dorothy Parker
Her quiet non-judgmental voice opens up our hearts to listen to the intent behind her words.
A. B. King

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103 of 103 people found the following review helpful By A. B. King VINE VOICE on February 3, 2010
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This 2-CD set is a gem. If you are a fan of Pema, then you are probably going to buy this because you buy all her CDs. Well, you are in for a special treat. While the first CD is a lecture, the second CD is an interview of Pema by Tami Simon. You may recognize her voice because she often does the intros and because she is the reader for Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion [COMFORTABLE W/UNCERTAINTY] ~ one of my favorites.
I thought that I would not like an interview, but I love it. Pema opens up about herself in a very personal way, maybe because she is only talking to one person. She talks about not meditating, which addresses my own guilt about not doing it. (It's okay not to meditate, but meditating develops the discipline to stay with uncomfortable feelings.) Her quiet non-judgmental voice opens up our hearts to listen to the intent behind her words.
I should mention that the first CD is wonderful. She addresses facing fear in this new political/economic climate. It is a short session. She does not discuss how to sit in meditation. There are no references to tonglen practice, which is what first drew me to Pema. For these reasons, this is not the set I would recommend to first-time Pema buyers. I started with The Pema Chodron Audio Collection: Pure Meditation:Good Medicine:From Fear to Fearlessness Perhaps others can recommend different "starter kits."

I have been listening to Pema CDs for three years.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Nicole S. Urdang VINE VOICE on February 23, 2010
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I have listened to a number of Pema Chodron's CDs and like this one he best, so far. Pema seems sweeter, and more compassionate. I also liked the subject matter which related to unconditional confidence in direct and subtle ways. In other words, this is not a how-to for building self-confidence; however, if you take her advice to heart you will become more resilient and secure in your ability to handle the vicissitudes of life.

I especially liked the following sub-topics:

smile at fear

the ubiquitous of nervousness

conceptualizing a deep, underlying tenderness beneath emotions like jealousy and addictive behaviors, and turning towards it, rather than shunning it like the plague

confidence comes from tender-hearted courage towards oneself and one's challenges

all suffering is trying to get things to work out on our terms (ego); so, if we drop that demand we can have more peace

the classic Buddhist approach of staying with whatever is happening, no matter how unpleasant, is what builds confidence

placing your panicked mind in the heart of loving kindness.

As a psychotherapist, I have found the hardest work we do is learning to be gentle and loving towards ourselves. It was the Buddha who said, "There is no one more deserving of compassion than you." Listening to this CD repeatedly will help change old messages into new ones, where loving kindness towards oneself is the coin of the realm.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Carl McColman on February 24, 2010
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Here is a wonderful audio book filled with gentle wisdom for transforming all of life's experiences into occasions for spiritual growth. If you (like me) sometimes feel like you relate to life more from a position of fear or anxiety than from a place of deep trust and confidence, then this teaching program just might inspire you to cultivate courage in your own life.

Unconditional Confidence is really two programs on two CDs. The first disc features a talk given by Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön before a live audience; the second features a more intimate approach to the topic, in which Pema is interviewed by Sounds True owner Tami Simon. The first disc provides the message of "unconditional confidence" in a more formal way; the interview functions as a "behind the scenes" look at the wisdom and life experience that helped to shape Pema and her message.

And what is her message? Simply put, that if we choose to approach all of life mindfully, we can learn to trust and relax into anything that comes our way -- even times of suffering, or anxiety, or stress. Any experience that arises is an opportunity to learn non-attachment, to practice gentleness and mindful awareness, and to cultivate a spirit of trust and basic friendship toward ourselves (even our failings) and our experiences. "Unconditional confidence" does not mean living a robotic life in which we never feel doubt or fear or disappointment, but rather a mindful and "heartful" life in which even the challenges that come our way are seen as dharma -- as occasions to grow.

Pema Chödrön is a wise and warm teacher, and her down-to-earth manner makes her message accessible and inviting.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Heather LaRee VINE VOICE on February 10, 2010
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I have read Pema Chodron's words before and this is my first time listening to her. What a lovely blessing to receive.

This is a 2-CD set. Quality recording and packaging.

CD 1 ~ Pema speaks before an audience about how we strengthen and grow with more love, tenderness and vulnerability by practice being with our tender selves in times of fear, anger - difficulty vs what we don't address when we cover and run. She presents this information without ego and with compassion for herself and all of us. There is much to mine from this CD.

CD 2 is equally wonderful -- lovely interview inviting the listener into Pema's human self and processes.

I will listen to these often. Very healing, inspiring and deeply stirring. Encouraging keys and expanded grace.
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