We all have fears, but when we look closely at them, we discover that behind each fear resides a basic fear of "ourselves." We're afraid to look at our habitual styles of thinking and behaving because we might not always like what we see. Ironically it is this fear of honest self-reflection that keeps us trapped in patterns of stress and discontentment. Here is a vision for moving beyond this most basic fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and joy that reside at the core of our being. In this recorded retreat, Pema Chodron shares teachings inspired by the book "Smile at Fear," which was written by her teacher Chogyam Trungpa. She, and her teaching assistant, Carolyn Rose Gimian, also share practices they received from Trungpa Rinpoche for courageously meeting ourselves in the present moment, including:
- The Windhorse Practice: a three-step meditation on awakening confidence
- Spiritual Warrior training for meeting life with courage and compassion
- Meditation instruction for calming the mind and developing concentration
4 CDs, 4 1/2 hours
About the Author
Pema Chodron is an American bhikshuni, or Buddhist nun in the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. Since her ordination in 1974, Ane Pema ("Ane" is a Tibetan honorific for a nun) has conducted workshops, seminars, and meditation retreats in Europe, Australia, and throughout North America. She is the director of Gampo Abbey, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. Pema Chodron is also an acharya (master teacher) in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.
The compiler and editor of "The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa," Carolyn Rose Gimian, has been editing the works of Chogyam Trungpa for more than twenty-five years. Following his death, she became the founding director of the Shambhala Archives, the archival repository for Chogyam Trungpa's work in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Diana J. Mukpo was born in England in 1953. She attended the prestigious Benenden School until she left at the age of sixteen to marry the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Mrs. Mukpo moved to the United States in 1970, where she remained with Trungpa Rinpoche until his death in 1987. During their marriage, she pursued intensive study of dressage. She is now the owner and director of Windhorse Dressage, and she travels and teaches dressage clinics throughout the United States and Canada.
"Pema Chödrön has a remarkable knack for making spiritual practices simultaneously insightful and funny."—AudioFile
"Chögyam Trungpa's Smile at Fear teachings offer powerful dharma encouragement to awaken our own fearless and wise heart."—Jack Kornfield