Coming Closer to Ourselves

  • by Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by Pema Chödrön
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

How to Befriend Your Most Challenging Emotions and Experiences
In challenging times, why do so many of us turn to Pema Chödrön for guidance? Many say that it’s her honest and caring way of communicating the core teachings of Buddhism - not just conceptually, but directly from her heart to ours. In these inspiring sessions, she teaches us how to give that compassion to the person we neglect most often - ourselves. With her, you will explore:


What to do when it feels impossible to be kind to ourselves.
In challenging relationships and situations, how to let go of our story and see what’s really happening.
Cultivating inner comfort and greater kindness toward our bodies.
Leaning into frustration, sadness, and fear with a spirit of trust and intimacy.
Many other insights and recommendations to befriend the difficult places within us.
Through gentle and clear guidance, Coming Closer to Ourselves shows us how, even in the tumult of life’s uncertainties, we can begin with a glimmer of curiosity, move closer into our experiences, and discover a place of welcome and refuge within.

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Customer Reviews

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Listened to at least a dozen times

This has been one of my favorite of Pema's audiobooks. She talks a lot about groundlessness, & nurturing your relationship with fear. One of my favorite phrases ((which I have written on the wall by my desk)) is "If there is PRAISE, there will be BLAME". I would recommend this book to anyone :) love you Pema!!
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- Brandin

This is a lecture

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a lecture in front of an audience, not a book. That said, it's nice .


Who was your favorite character and why?

Pema Chodron. I'm new to Buddism so have no insight or judgements about it. There are words anyone more familiar would certainly understand, references to other apparently famous teachers in the world yet I was able to grasp the main messages. Sit with it. Whatever discomforts you... Just sit with it. Examine things that way (instead of reaching for food, another distraction, etc.) don't block things out, just welcome everything. That's what I got out of it anyway.


What does Pema Chödrön bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A soft loving voice,& a sense of humor.


What insight do you think you’ll apply from Coming Closer to Ourselves?

That where there is discomfort, therein lies an opportunity for me to learn what's really there.


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- Marian "zig"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2013
  • Publisher: Sounds True