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Making Friends with Yourself

Exploring Self, Selflessness, and the Roots of Attachment

SKU# 9781611805352



Online Course

Shambhala Publications | 04/01/2017
ISBN: 9781611805352


Every winter Pema Chödrön leads a retreat for the thirty residents of Gampo Abbey, her home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This self-study course offers a special opportunity to be a part of one of these retreats, made available to you exclusively through Shambhala Publications.

Join Pema in this intimate setting as she explores, in her usual down-to-earth and practical way, the Buddhist teachings that get to the heart of how our sense of self develops and functions. We’ll learn about the five skandhas—the elements that come together to form our experience of the self—as well as the twelve nidanas—the links of dependent origination that describe how the sense of self cycles from birth to death in every moment, creating habits of reactivity that hook us and cause us pain.

Presenting long-established teachings in a way that is fresh and accessible, Pema shows how we can transcend the negative patterns and attachments that are at the root of our suffering. Having seen through the self, we can live with limitless joy, wisdom, and compassion toward ourselves and all beings.

In this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Disentangle yourself from negative patterns

  • Glimpse your true nature, which is naturally open and relaxed

  • Put the brakes on your unhelpful reactions to difficult situations

  • Reduce your attachment to harmful behaviors

  • Increase your ability to accommodate pain and feel joy

  • Lean into and fully experience every aspect of your life

  • Connect with your inherent wakefulness

This six-week course includes:

  • Six two-hour video talks by Pema recorded at Gampo Abbey

  • Instructional videos on shamatha meditation and open-presence meditation, taught by two of Pema’s senior students

  • Recommended readings, practices, and contemplations to help you make the teachings a part of your everyday life

  • Unlimited access to all course materials

  • And more

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