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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...

Customer Reviews for How to Meditate with Pema Chödrön

By con
Date Added: Friday 3 October 2014
This is the cd I've been looking for…it gives all the info that i have somehow missed throughout the ears..meant to put years but ears works too..ha ha.
Anyway it is really detailed without being boring and the meditations include hearing, touch/sensation and sight. She recommends meditating with the eyes open to emphasize full presence to what is happening now and that is very challenging. This cd is very difficult to zone out to, she asks for a real presence to get the work done but I always felt like i had her kindness nudging me on.
By Judith C
Date Added: Saturday 26 April 2014
Absolutely wonderful and highly recommended.
Your service is excellent.
By kevin smith
Date Added: Thursday 24 April 2014
This well produced, systematic and very practical guide to meditation is taken from live recordings during meditation classes.
Pema Chodron offers a gentle but disciplined approach to discovering your own ability to guide yourself through meditation by establishing an attitude of kindness and curiosity. Her attention to the detail of experience draws us closer to the present moment as it is described.
She graces this recording with openness, genuineness and lightheartedness that makes being her student so rewarding.

Thank you.
By Brendan Nolan
Date Added: Thursday 17 April 2014
I bought the eBook and the MP3. Pema is deceptively simple. I find that rereading or relistening to her uncovers more and more insights.

So, she manages to speak to beginners AND to seasoned meditators at the same time.
I guess I'm probably in the latter category, although it often feels like I'm beginning over again. I recommend both eBook and MP3 recordong wholeheartedly...
By Susan W
Date Added: Wednesday 16 April 2014
The program is great. I am not up on my tech language, but who ever copied the tracks for the download, did not number them correctly, so the tracks were not in order as you listened to them.
I only know that this was the problem because I got help from my man friend who builds computers and systems. He fixed it for me and re-numbered them so they played in order. the material is wonderful. I love Pema Chodron's gentle spirit and presentation. I just thought you would want to know about the downloading process. Have a good day. thanks for all the good programs that you and your staff publish.
By Anthony B
Date Added: Thursday 11 July 2013
Very comprehensive review of major meditation methods. It is excellent on dealing with stability, emotional turmoil, basic postures, working with sound and sight, and many other elements of calm abiding. Pema Chodron has a great talent of talking in a friendly way but covering many points and also in giving the philosophical foundations of meditation. She has a great intuitive knowledge of our psychological problems and some ways of dealing with them.
By Natalie B
Date Added: Wednesday 23 January 2013
I love this teaching series. It has gone beyond expectation.
By barbara daley
Date Added: Wednesday 7 September 2011
Quite profound view on meditation combined with very practical guidance. Pema Chodron's warm and wry sense of humour is delightful and encouraging. This is an excellent tool for learning to stay in difficult times.
By Francine Joly de Lotbiniere
Date Added: Monday 14 March 2011
Excellent rendering and explanation of how to meditate. It is remarkable how Pema Chödron can simplify the practice and yet covering in depth the subtleties of the essential points of meditation. She teaches what she has lived and experienced.
By Jennie Peut
Date Added: Monday 17 May 2010
I've only listened to the first two sessions, and have already found this an invaluable guide to understanding and practicing meditation.
By Roy Tuckman
Date Added: Saturday 28 November 2009
To judge from the title, this set appears to be the least appealing of any of Pema's works, whether you are new or a veteran to her work. But this is the best or among the best of her presentations and will bring additional treasures to the most avid students or collectors.
Date Added: Friday 28 October 2011
This was fairly good.
By Tracy OMeara Smith
Date Added: Saturday 28 May 2011
Pema has a wonderful way in communicating and getting one to settle and understand the mediation process. Highly recommended
By Linda K
Date Added: Friday 27 January 2012
I downloaded this from iTunes after receiving a gift certificate. The content was helpful, but the sessions were not broken up cleanly (e.g. first session ended abruptly mid-sentence and didn't give the homework assignment). There were also long periods of silent space during which you were supposed to meditate. Perhaps it was akward to say "now hit the pause button" when she is presenting it live to a group. The last session had a terrible skipping at the end which I haven't experienced on other recordings. Given the price, I was a little disappointed with the recording quality.
By Sounds True
Date Added: Thursday 9 October 2014
Dear Jenn D -

Sorry to hear you had some technical difficulties in regards to the digital download of this product.

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By Jenn D
Date Added: Tuesday 23 September 2014
I was unable do download successfully & was unable to obtain assistance in doing so. Therefore, I have not experienced this download unfortunately. I won't risk ordering again as I paid and didn't get what I paid for.
By Sounds True
Date Added: Wednesday 20 August 2014
Karen V - Sorry to hear you have been experiencing some technical difficulties with this content.

The best way we can help you is if you contact our customer service. You may call customer service at 1.800.333.9185 or send an email to support@soundstrue.zendesk.com.
By Karen V
Date Added: Friday 11 July 2014

Just got this. Am having a bit of a problem downloading to iPhone which is the device I would listen to this on. I did manage on my PC...but when I hit the first session...it seems like i jumped into the middle of the course? There is no definite beginning i.e. " Introduction" ? Susan W said the segments were not in the proper order. Can someone tell me the proper order of the recorded segments? Is this a professional recording? The way it is presented visually one would assume so. Any advice anyone?? Don't want to give this a rating as I have not listened so I will for now and come back afterwards to review
By Joseph K
Date Added: Monday 31 October 2011
I listened to one of five disks of "How to Meditate" by Pema Chodronand found it to be rambling, unstructued nonsense.

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