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The Heart of Bravery: A Retreat with Sakyong Mipham and Pema Chödrön

There is unconquerable courage within you. The key to awakening it is to tap into the boundless reserve of strength at the very core of your being—your intrinsic human goodness. This video retreat with Sakyong Mipham and Pema Chödrön will teach you how to do it, and how the simple practice of meditation can transform your life and the world around you. Offering a perfect introduction to the Shambhala tradition’s most essential principles and practices, the retreat includes:


    • Sakyong Mipham’s teachings on how to be brave and loving in the midst of both personal and social suffering, and a guided practice of Shambhala meditation to show how we can get in touch with our inherent worth and capacity for kindness


    • Talks from Pema Chödrön on how to pull yourself out of downward cycles, relate to difficult feelings (such as anger, fear, discouragement, and a sense of being overwhelmed), and how becoming intimate with these feelings can make all the difference to improve your life and the lives of others


    • Student questions on a wide range of subjects, such as putting the teachings into practice at work, relating to regret, and dealing with social adversity, all with individualized instruction from Pema and the Sakyong


    • A panel discussion on the state of the world and how to relate the teachings to contemporary issues, featuring Pema, the Sakyong, Shambhala lineage teacher Adam Lobel, and Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus of the Episcopal Diocese of California


This video retreat was recorded live at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, as Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible? For more information on Being Brave retreats and other events led by Sakyong Mipham, visit

2 DVDs. 5 hours.