Perfect Just as You Are

Buddhist Practices on the Four Limitless Ones: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

By Pema Chodron

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Shambhala Publications
Pages: 501
ISBN: 9781645472513

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According to Pema Chodrön, spiritual practice has nothing to do with “self-improvement” since, as the title of this audiobook explains, you are already perfect just as you are. Deep down, our ultimate nature consists of the four limitless qualities—loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—and these qualities cannot be improved upon.

Even if you’re not feeling particularly kind, compassionate, joyful, or equanimous at the moment, take heart: the Four Limitless Ones are there like seeds, waiting to be cultivated through practice—and, being limitless, they’re rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. This intensive program of study and practice provides the tools you need to access these radiant states and to nurture their growth for sake of all beings, including yourself. Here’s some of what you’ll learn:

How cultivating the Four Limitless Ones is the antidote to depression, irritation, and isolation
Basic meditation instructions to get you started in the foundational practice
A wealth of guided meditations for generating these radiant qualities to yourself, others, and the world
Writing and reflection exercises to bring the Four Limitless Ones powerfully into real life
A simple chant you can use to create love and good will around yourself
Powerful on-the-spot practices you can use throughout the day, even when there’s “no time to practice”

This audiobook program can be done at your own pace. It fits perfectly with any other kind of meditation you’re doing. And since no previous knowledge of Buddhism is required, it’s also ideal for those new to spiritual practice. After you’ve completed the material in Perfect Just as You Are, you’ll want to listen to it again periodically—any time you need a refresher course in compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, and joy.

Running Time: 8 hours, 21 minutes