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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 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.
By Marian C
Date Added: Thursday 29 November 2012
As always, Pema's words bring me closer to understanding what mindfulness is all about, and how constantly returning to the present moment leads to authenticity. I appreciate her ability to speak deep truths in simple ways, without sugar-coating the difficulties, but not making them seem overwhelming, either.
By Nancy Gunzberg
Date Added: Wednesday 27 June 2012
Everything went smoothly. I love your company and the material you make available, many for free.
Thanks so much!

By Edith Andersen
Date Added: Sunday 17 June 2012
I don't know if Pema's work is for everyone. But it SURE is for me. She never fails to reach me, ground me, and make me laugh. Tall order. Always fulfilled.
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