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Lions Roar : September 2015
Start Where You Are: A Beginner’s Guide to the Teachings of Pema Chödrön ➢ page 74 When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times Shambhala Publications Difficult moments abound in life but we can meet them with confidence and grace. The key, Pema Chödrön says, is having the courage to rest in the open space of uncertainty, instead of trying to put things back together when they fall apart. This classic feels in some ways like the pep talk we all need sometimes, but there’s plenty of practicality, too, thanks to concise meditation instructions and teachings on compassion, nonaggres- sion, and nonattachment. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better Sounds True Pema Chödrön’s newest book presents her 2014 commencement address at Naropa University, in which she shared tips in the “fine art of failing.” Also in- cluded is a Q&A in which Pema addresses failure and success, motherhood, why she became a nun, and more. The Wisdom of No Escape Shambhala Publications Drawn from talks at a one-month retreat in 1989, this bestselling book presents Pema at her upbeat best, teaching on loving-kindness, satisfaction, and the joys of committing to the Buddhist path. “Whatever life you’re in,” she says, “is a vehicle for waking up.” No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva Shambhala Publications The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shanti- deva is a classic Mahayana Buddhist text for all those who aspire to be more fear- less and compassionate. Pema reveals how its lessons apply to working with anger, developing patience and joy, and coming to terms with heartbreak and death, all in plain language and with good humor. Karma: Finding Freedom in This Moment Sounds True Famed as a teacher, Pema nonetheless remains a student. Here, in this audio, she joins her teacher Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche for a discussion that explores karma and all the ways we might relate to it—and how karma impacts our present and future. Be Grateful to Everyone: An In-Depth Guide to the Practice of Lojong Shambhala Audio Pema has said that when she first encoun- tered the lojong (“mind training”) teach- ings, she was struck by their presentation of life’s unwanted aspects as “raw material necessary for awakening genuine uncon- trived compassion.” In this seven-hour course, she unpacks the fifty-nine lojong slogans, leading meditations and exercises to deepen our interaction with them. ♦ you’re doing it at the domestic level, in your workplace or your family. I think it’s epitomized by the expression “open mind and open heart.” For me, the most significant train- ing to keep the heart and mind open is tonglen practice, taking and sending. Suppose I turn on the television and it is filled with news about the shooting in South Carolina, as it was today. The idea of tonglen practice is that instead of clos- ing your heart, you take in all the suffer- ing. By taking in suffering, I mean you’re willing not to close your heart to it. You literally breathe in with the idea that you could move toward the suffering. Breath- ing it in is the same thing as leaning in toward it. Then when you breathe out, you send some kind of spaciousness or well-being or healing to everyone. It’s quite personal. So whether it’s domestic or more global, you train in leaning into or breathing in the suffering. You’re breath- ing in a feeling of being willing to be there for all those people. You’re there for them. And on the out-breath you send out whatever you feel would help heal the situation. You might send out the idea of a country in which the gun laws were changed. It could be very political. Tami Simon: Thank you, Pema. Now we welcome k.d. lang to join us onstage. [Applause] k.d. lang: Hi. Tami Simon: k.d., your Buddhist teacher was Lama Chödak Gyatso Nubpa, who died in 2009. Could you tell us how you met him? k.d. lang: Actually, he was married to my product manager at Warner Broth- ers Records. One day I was griping to her about the fact that my record sales had plummeted. I said, there seem to be obstacles in my path to success, and she went, “Obstacles? You need to meet my husband!” SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2015 49