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This is very long, but there is very little repetition of ideas. Her insights are amazing and so helpful. This audio has so much info that I will need to listen at least one more time. This is a recording of a retreat session, so there is a bit of an issue of recording quality, but it does not take away one bit from the quality of ideas being presented.
91 of 92 people found this review helpful
I’m not a Buddhist, and I’ve never really meditated. A few years back, however, a good friend gave me a book by Pema Chodron called, When Things Fall Apart. I loved it and found much of what the author had to say both interesting and helpful.
When I found more of her work on Audible, I dove in, thinking it would be something different and something perfect for audio. I was right. I’ve gone back and listened more than once and each time I learn something a little different. An American born Buddhist nun, Pema is uniquely attuned to a Western audience. She brings an authentic Buddhist perspective tailored to people like me.
These are speeches, or talks that the Author gave during a retreat. They were recorded live, so the quality is not as good as with a professional recorded and produced audiobook. There was no chance for the author to stop and start over, so it’s not perfect. Still, her voice itself and the skill she has in explaining these spiritual concepts are excellent. I’ve tried to listen to other meditation programs, thinking it would be an interesting audio experience, but this is the first I’ve been able to get all the way through. There is no hocus-pocus or uncomfortable chanting. Pema Chodron sounds like a normal woman, with great insight into these ancient ideas as reflected in today’s world. It’s a pleasure to listen to her.
79 of 80 people found this review helpful
I've never felt a teaching touch me so deeply. I feel i now have the tools to deal with life's ups and downs with more confidence and even joy!
Thank you so much Pema and the people at true sounds!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Whether you are looking for techniques to practice, background information on Buddhist tradition or just an engaging listen, for 7 hours worth of all three this is a good investment and you are sure to find something of value here.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
I don't know how to rate performance. She is not performing anything. She speaks from her years of being a Buddhist nun. There is no story.
It is our life's story that she enters into. I have read many books on Buddhism without really understanding what they were teaching.
Pema Chodron has touched my heart. Now I understand.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Pema Chodron Audio Collection in three words, what would they be?
Fresh, accessible - wise
What did you like best about this story?
We so need to drink in and think upon the ease and humour of these ancient teachings served up in simple, contemporary language.
What about Pema Chodron’s performance did you like?
Pema Chodron becomes your best friend, your wise confidante, your spiritual sister.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Conversations with a master, a boddhisatva of the highest order, a woman with a gift for communicating complex and subtle ideas in delightful, pithy language.
Any additional comments?
Magic, there is magic in the world of experience that Pema Chodron opens up for all with the time to listen, with the intention to add to what peace there is within ourselves and within the dynamic, ever-changing world of Samsara.