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Pema Chödrön

Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and...

The Freedom to Love

An Online Training Course to Liberate Your Genuine Heart

Pema Chödrön

from Sounds True

Self-Guided Video Course: US $97.00
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Do you want to love and connect with others more deeply, but need a little help?

With The Freedom to Love, Pema Chödrön invites you to start wherever you are—with any challenges, frustrations, or fears you may be facing—and use them as the launching pad to awaken the natural and boundless capacity of your heart.

Struggling with Matters of the Heart? This Is the Place to Bring Them

Through six sessions of intensive learning and practice, this beloved and gifted teacher will guide you through traditional Buddhism’s traditional awakened heart training … with a difference.

Pema might have named this course “Working with the Hard Stuff”—because here she’ll be showing us how to use the principles of The Four Immeasurables in our most challenging situations, relationships, and emotional states.

A Multifaceted Course to Awaken Your Boundless Heart

The Freedom to Love will engage you with written teachings, video and audio sessions, weekly self-reflection practices, deep meditation, plus two revealing sessions recorded with Pema Chödrön answering questions from a live audience.

If you’ve ever had the opportunity of attending a dharma talk with her, then you know that Pema’s Q&A discussions often reveal her most unexpected, entertaining, and memorable insights.

Here you are invited to come as you are—calm, confused, or just in need of a heartfulness tune-up—to begin unfolding your natural and joyful qualities of compassion, self-acceptance, connection, and unconditional love.

What you'll receive:

  • 2 RECORDED Q&A VIDEO GATHERINGS with Pema Chödrön, where she answers questions and provides support (2 hours)
  • OVER 6 HOURS OF IN-DEPTH VIDEO AND AUDIO SESSIONS of learning and guided meditations
  • ONLINE WORKBOOK to guide your practice and record observations

Session 1
Staying Open to the Movie of Your Life

  • Introduction to The Four Immeasurables—lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity
  • Tapping into our inherent nature, the ultimate equanimity, staying open to the movie of your life
  • Expanding your capacity to love
  • Starting with what you have
  • What blocks you is actually a path
  • Recommended reading

Session 2
Experiencing Your Infinite Nature in the World

  • Opening to receive love
  • Trusting in our innate capacities and potentials
  • Unconditional love
  • Working with our benefactors
  • The urgency of spiritual training
  • Becoming good citizens of Earth
  • Your basic goodness

Session 3
The Roots of Suffering and Happiness

  • Wishing happiness for ourselves
  • Ceasing to struggle against ourselves
  • Working with addictions
  • Transforming your relationship with yourself
  • The power of open awareness
  • Self compassion
  • Our fundamental well-being

Session 4
The Practice of Lovingkindness

  • Receiving a benefactor’s love
  • Practicing lovingkindness with a partner
  • Why we’re here
  • Our potential for awakening
  • Allowing our pain to be present
  • Leaning in to the sharp points
  • The three kinds of suffering

Session 5
Changing Your Heart Toward Pain

  • Unacknowledged fears
  • Remaining present with difficult feelings
  • Compassion as a cradle for pain
  • Contacting your worries
  • Receiving compassion
  • Beyond us and them
  • Working with numbness

Session 6
Cultivating Joy and Gratitude

  • Rejoicement therapy
  • So much to appreciate
  • How joy calls on inner strength
  • What do you appreciate?
  • Rejoicing in the good fortune of others
  • Working with envy or jealousy
  • Feelings of deficiency
  • Staying present and open

Product details

Self-Guided Video Course:
Contents Video downloads, Audio downloads, Set of written course materials
Date Published January 19, 2012
Product Codes 2463n, c2463n, wc02463n

Customer Reviews

By Allison F
Date Added: Friday 17 May 2013
I am a long time "student" of Pema's although she doesn't know it. The transmission I have received from her many many books and recordings have changed my life over the years and transformed me completely. Freedom to Love is no exception. I rely on and require Pema's work in my life on a daily basis to deal with all the many things that are happening in our world--both personally and globally. I thank her and sounds true for making this possible.
By Colleen G
Date Added: Friday 1 February 2013
Pema never fails to inspire me!! She is able to humorously address those sticky areas in our life with such realness and compassion and offers wisdom beyond the beyond. I always look forward to hearing something more from her. She's a steady companion and friend in the world of buddhist teachings! Thank you Sounds True for making her accessible to us.
By laura newton
Date Added: Monday 31 October 2011
This is a wonderful series. I am very happy with the presentation, including the notes options. I thought this webinar was very well done.
By Caron Smith
Date Added: Saturday 29 October 2011
I am enjoying my course with Pema Chodron. The live sessions are wonderful, and the taped sessions are easy to do, and I am finding them to be beneficial to my practice.
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