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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...

Awakening Love

Teachings and Practices to Cultivate a Limitless Heart

Pema Chödrön

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Awaken the Capacity to Love, the True Purpose of Our Lives

Have you ever wanted to love and connect with others more deeply … but felt that you could use a little help shedding the “emotional armor” and opening your heart?

With Awakening Love, Pema Chödrön invites you to start wherever you are, amid any and all of the challenges, frustrations, or fears you may be facing, and to use them as the starting place to awaken the natural and boundless capacity to give and receive love more fully.

This practice-centered program, recorded at Gampo Abbey, will teach you how to apply the insights of Buddhism’s Four Limitless Ones—lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity—to even your most difficult obstacles.

Your Obstacles to the Open Heart Are Your Most Valuable Allies

Many students confess to Pema Chödrön that they cannot think of even one person to love during heart-centered meditation practice. This is what she tells them:

“What if you could open to that frustration, just for a moment, to discover not just where love is free flowing … but where it’s not? That is how we all begin to uncover the soft spot within.”

Here, Pema Chödrön brings her unique blend of kitchen-table common sense, scholarship, and empathy to help you discover the eternal resilience and joy of your own tender, undefended, and genuine heart. Whether you’re in the midst of a challenging relationship, grief, or simply in need of heart-centered rejuvenation, Awakening Love provides you with the gentle step-by-step instructions needed to awaken the natural goodness within you.


  • The Four Qualities or Limitless Ones, the roots of suffering, and expanding the capacity to love
  • Seeing where we’re blocked and bringing lovingkindness to our biases and fears
  • Aspiration practice, “not faking it,” unblocking the flow of love, and benefactors
  • Changing our attitude toward pain, working with anger, compassionate abiding, tonglen, and “making friends with the hard stuff”
  • Meditations and practices for receiving unconditional love, resting in natural awareness, cultivating gratitude and sympathetic joy, opening to the world, and more

Product details

Contents 8 CDs (9 hours, 8 minutes)
Date Published March 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-665-8
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-665-3
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Codes 2382d, f2382d, af02382d
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Date Published March 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-758-1
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-758-2
Product Codes 2382w, f02382w, af02382w

Customer Reviews

By Eva Irene S
Date Added: Wednesday 23 April 2014
Pema is wonderful. She isn't one of these "high above everyone else" gurus. She goes through the same issues we all go through and presents material in a sweet, loving, yet sometimes funny way.

I listened to this set while on my way to and from my best friend's house. My best friend was dying in another state. Pema's CDs helped to calm my Spirit, help me accept my feelings about the situation and lean into them. Listening to these eased my suffering from seeing my friend die. They are truly a gift.
Date Added: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Pema Chodron continues to reshape my thinking in these wondrous teachings filled with humour and true life insight
By Bobbie G
Date Added: Wednesday 16 April 2014
I love anything Pema Chodron does. I think I have everything she has written CDs books etc
By Kathleen B
Date Added: Wednesday 9 April 2014
As always: real, connected, direct and spot on teachings on seeing clearly in practice. Ani Pema is a gifted teacher who opens the door to the 4 brahma-viharas as we acknowledge and release the roots of suffering.
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