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The Three Commitments

Walking the Path of Liberation

The Three Commitments

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Tibetan Buddhism describes three gates that everyone must pass through on the road to spiritual liberation. With The Three Commitments, Pema Chödrön brings her unique blend of insight and gentle instruction to guide practitioners through each of these thresholds as they seek the source of true happiness.

As Pema explains, suffering arises when we resist the law of impermanence—the fact that everything we know, including ourselves, will one day die. Here she provides teachings and practices for fully embracing life’s ephemeral nature, using these three traditional monastic vows, or commitments.

  • The Pratimoksha vows—how we can find personal liberation through the inner work of letting go
  • The Bodhisattva vows—the way of genuine and compassionate service to others
  • The Tantric vows—how to accept impermanence with true equanimity and touch the underlying stillness from which all worldly forms arise

In the past, initiates took their vows when entering the secluded world of the monastery. Today, laypeople are also embracing these commitments as a way to deepen their practice while fully participating in everyday life.

Through her practical instruction and accessible interpretation of ancient wisdom, Pema Chödrön helps listeners discover how each of these sacred vows is not a burden or restriction, but a guiding beacon on the path to liberation.

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Review for The Three Commitments Review by Patrina
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I am halfway through listening to this series of retreat sessions and am gaining so much satisfaction from Pema's straight forward and clear style of teaching. Love listening to her examples!

(Posted on 9/18/2013)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Rachel H
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I find ALL of Pema Chodron's work to be insightful. Her compassion and humanity come across especially well in the audio format. Her work is worth listening to again and again over time. As I grow and change, I relate to more and more.

(Posted on 6/4/2013)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by David E
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have not had time yet to listen,but i know when i do it will be the right time.Pema is on the condition we call LIFE XXX

(Posted on 10/28/2012)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by David E
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have not had time yet to listen,but i know when i do it will be the right time.Pema is on the condition we call LIFE XXX

(Posted on 10/28/2012)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Allison F
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Wonderful. I am so grateful for Pema, her work and the fact that is available to listen to and study and apply.

(Posted on 10/27/2012)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Ruth Whitney
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Very helpful. Thank you for knowledge and spiritual guidance

(Posted on 6/15/2012)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Dale Ayton
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Pema Chodron is a 'never-miss' for insight and inspiration.

(Posted on 11/27/2011)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Aline Devaud
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The biggest problem I had is in the downloading onto Itunes. The itunes version did not work and so I tried mp3 version. Still haven't gotten it all done.

(Posted on 11/11/2011)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Renee Elisabeth Hossmann
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Very enjoyable and thought provoking. Poor sound quality on some of the sessions takes away from some of the listening enjoyment.

(Posted on 8/8/2011)

Review for The Three Commitments Review by Nutan Joy
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A special retreat from a special teacher. I found this an inspiring talk, which deepened my understanding of these 3 vows.

(Posted on 4/16/2011)

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CD

Contents 7 CDs (7 hours, 45 minutes); 1 Study guide (14 pages)
Date Published May 01, 2010
ISBN-10 1-59179-775-6
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-775-3
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code af01473d

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours, 45 minutes); 1 Study guide (14 pages)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published May 01, 2010
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-206-8
Product Code af01473w