Good Medicine

How to Turn Pain into Compassion with Tonglen Meditation
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Course objectives:

  • Recognize how to befriend the difficulties and obstacles in life through maitri and Tonglen practice.
  • Discuss and utilize mindfulness meditation practice as the ground for compassion and Tonglen practice.
  • Summarize the four stages of Tonglen practice, transforming poisons into medicine.
  • Practice the four stages of Tonglen including the personal, the relational, and the universal.
  • Discuss ways to integrate Tonglen practice into everyday life through stories, suggestions, and insight.

On Good Medicine, Pema Chödrön reveals the time-tested Buddhist antidote to suffering—and shows how to apply it in your own life. The simple and elegant meditation practice known as tonglen, she teaches, is the perfect medicine for ordinary people like ourselves.

Through tonglen, we can use life's difficulties as a way to befriend ourselves, accept the past we have rejected, and widen our circle of compassion. Skillfully distilled into a three-hour workshop, Good Medicine offers you a revolutionary practice that is already 1,000 years old—and ready to awaken your heart right now.

Format Details
Contents Digital Video (3 hours, 24 minutes)
Product Code VT00014W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-529-0
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Pema Chödrön

About Pema Chödrön

Pema Chödrön is a well-known and beloved American-born Buddhist nun and author of many spiritual classics. She serves as the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. For more information, including a list of her published works, visit

Author photo © Christine Alicino