• Coming Closer to Ourselves

  • Making Everything the Path of Awakening
  • By: Pema Chödrön
  • Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 04-09-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (642 ratings)

Regular price: $17.13

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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.
©2012 Pema Chödrön (P)2012 Pema Chödrön
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5 out of 5 stars
By Marian on 02-17-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Brandin on 01-26-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Dog in a Flat Cap on 01-24-15

Pema is a delight.

Would you consider the audio edition of Coming Closer to Ourselves to be better than the print version?

There is no print version as far as I'm aware - this is a series of talks with a live audience. It's wonderful, though. Pema's voice and manner are so pleasant and gentle on the ear and on the soul, and frequent relistening always brings up new nuggets of wisdom that passed me by previously. Really great to have on in the car or in the kitchen while washing up and chopping vegetables!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Elvis O on 12-22-15

Profound offering .

From one of the worlds most accessible
and experienced Buddhist teachers.
A helpful guide to becoming present to yourself and your life.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirsty Karlsson, Author of The Ninja Worrier on 03-21-16

Awe, humour, curiousity ... Awake

I am remembering the tender tone and laughter and humour in Pema's voice. I am hungry and also satisfied at the same time. Every few sentences seemed to land inside my ribs like a giggle of hope and wonder that my encounters with fear and anger and confusion may be friend

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