Below are links to some videos of Pema Chödrön which we think you may find enjoyable and helpful.
Pema Chödrön describes the history of her home, Gampo Abbey, the nature of monastic life, and describes daily life there. Gampo Abbey is situated in a beautiful seaside location on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
During this in-depth interview filmed in 2006, Pema responds to Bill Moyers’ questions about spiritual warriorship, silent retreats, suffering, being “hooked” (shenpa), groundlessness and insecurity, Buddhism and the Buddha, prayer, faith, contentment, forgiveness and satisfaction.
Pema discusses working with shenpa (getting hooked) in meditation practice, and relaxing with positive groundlessness. Pema gives advice to meditators on how to deal with thoughts and distractions during meditation practice.
The practice of tonglen that Pema Chodron presents at this weekend is a traditional practice that helps us to unlock our natural capacity to love. She explains that tonglen is a practice where that we usually resent and push away becomes the very means by which our heart and mind become open and free.
Genuineness, tenderness, developing strength, unconditional friendship with the totality of one’s expeience, and the genuine heart of sadness are the basis for developing the true strength of nonviolent warriorship. This is talk 1 from Pema Chodron’s weekend retreat called “Smile at Fear”, given October 2009 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
An excerpt from talk 1 of Pema Chodron’s recent weekend retreat called “Uncovering Natural Wakefulness.” In these talks, Ani Pema introduces the basic principles of meditation and non-meditation as well as guided meditation sessions, questions and answers, and experiential exercises.
By developing unconditional friendship with ourselves, we learn to abide with our own energy and overcome fear of that which is unfamiliar. In doing so, we also see our “sameness” with others, that we are all in the same boat. Practicing this further, we develop the unconditional ability to stand in others’ shoes, not causing harm, and opening our hearts for others.