Befriending Your Demons

A Revolutionary Path for Transforming Your Fears and Difficulties into Allies
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According to Lama Tsultrim Allione, everyone struggles with their own “demons”—disruptive emotions and mental states such as shame, addiction, and depression. In Befriending Your Demons, Lama Tsultrim shows you how to work closely with these unpleasant emotions to not only soothe their pain but also discover the hidden strengths within each.

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Discover the Hidden Strength in the Very Feelings You’re Trying to Avoid or Disown 

Rage. Addiction. Anxiety. Depression. Fear. All of these and more are what Lama Tsultrim Allione refers to as our “demons”—those parts of our inner being that disrupt every aspect of life when they arise.

But are they really our enemies?

According to Lama Tsultrim, intrusive and unpleasant inner states are not only unavoidable aspects of life but also potential allies. In the Befriending Your Demons audio program, Lama Tsultrim offers a five-part process for turning toward your demons rather than suppressing or running away from them.

Lama Tsultrim’s program begins with a simple starting point: everyone has an emotional “shadow”—those aspects of our inner lives that embarrass, frighten, or shame us. However, simply disowning or ignoring elements of the shadow only exacerbates their root causes. Befriending Your Demons provides a method for recognizing how your thoughts and emotions develop, shows the repeated patterns they create, and offers on-the-spot tools for transforming this cycle of suffering. In this way, when these disowned emotions arise, you can work with and feel them fully without also becoming hooked into spirals of negativity, and find the hidden strength within them.

Here, you will learn:

  • A five-step process for working with disowned emotions without also becoming hooked into spirals of negativity
  • Why the practice of “tending your demons” can yield surprising physical results
  • Detailed examinations of the shamanic and Buddhist roots of these practices
  • How to “map” your demons and understand how they interconnect
  • Why working with your demons can be an especially potent gateway to spiritual awakening
Lama Tsultrim also provides guided exercises for doing the five steps in our daily lives through art and regular practice. With Befriending Your Demons, you too can learn how to embrace even your most intense emotions as sources of energy and resilience.
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CD Audio Download
Contents 6 CDs (5 hours, 9 minutes) Audio Download (5 hours, 9 minutes)
Filetypes MP3, ZIP
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF06094D AF06094W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-708-9 978-1-68364-709-6
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Lama Tsultrim Allione

About Lama Tsultrim Allione

Lama Tsultrim Allione is an author, an internationally known Buddhist teacher, and the founder of Tara Mandala, a mountain retreat center on 700 acres south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Lama Tsultrim was the first American woman to be ordained as a Tibetan nun by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. At the age of 26, after four years as a nun, she returned her monastic vows, married, and raised three children. Lama Tsultrim earned a Master’s degree in Buddhist Studies and Women’s Studies from Antioch University. She is the author of Women of Wisdom and Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict which connects the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism with modern life. This national bestseller is based on Lama Tsultrim’s pioneering five-step process that is used to nurture the parts of ourselves which we normally fight against.

For many years, Lama Tsultrim has focused on the teachings of Dzog Chen and the lineage of Machig Labdrön, the 11th century Tibetan yogini who founded the Chöd lineage. Lama Tsultrim’s teachings arise from the blessings of her many wonderful Tibetan teachers, her 40 years of practice and dedication to the Buddhist teachings, and her experience as a Western woman and mother.