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The Freedom to Choose Something Different

A Self-Paced Online Course on Breaking Free from Our Habitual Patterns
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Find greater freedom in all areas of your life by seeing how you get “hooked.” Carry the ineffable wisdom of Pema Chödrön in your pocket with downloadable teachings, guided practices, and more ways to learn at your own pace.
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“This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted, and shaky—that’s called ‘liberation.’” 

—Pema Chödrön

We all know what it’s like to be triggered—to have said something we wish we hadn’t, or reacted in a way that wasn’t helpful. In Tibetan Buddhism, this is known as shenpa—the quality of being “hooked” into reactive patterns that cause us stress, anxiety, or depression. Given fuel, these sparks of shenpa can grow into raging fires within us. But there is another way.

In The Freedom to Choose Something Different, bestselling author and beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön shares her liberating practice for disarming reactivity and choosing a fresh alternative. Over six in-depth sessions, Pema will help you transform your self-limiting habits, addictions, and behaviors by guiding you to greater presence in your moment-to-moment choice points. You’ll learn:

  • The Three Difficult Practices for overcoming shenpa
  • The power of pause, a simple practice that makes a big difference
  • Cultivating acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other less-noble human traits
  • Ways to unravel patterns of self-dislike
  • How staying with discomfort can help us uncover our innate wisdom and confidence
  • The dynamic, fluid nature of “positive groundlessness,” and how it can open the door to greater freedom and joy

What’s Included:

  • 7+ hours of learning sessions with Pema Chödrön offering insights, stories, and practices for incorporating these teachings into your life
  • Reflection prompts and practice tips
  • Two recorded Q&A sessions with Glenna Olmsted, senior student of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön (2 hours) 
  • Complete downloads of all course materials—the entire program of The Freedom to Choose Something Different is yours to keep and enjoy forever!

Once we see how we are “hooked,” we begin to realize the potential for transformation in every moment. Join Pema as she helps you break free from cycles of suffering and awaken the limitless potential and freedom within you.

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About 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 California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.


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Reviewed by Debra B.
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Excellent title. Exactly matches my current struggles.

“ The Freefom To Choose Something Different” defines my current struggles in allowing myself the freedom after so many years of self sacrifice, to let my inner being guide me. Thank you🙏

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Reviewed by Kirsteen P.
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Pema at her best

I saw this course and it really got my attention. I read the blurb and thought yes, this is for me. I’m quite early in my journey to enlightenment and have found Pema’s teachings just jive with me. I’m on to session 2 and loving every minute of my study. The course also includes bonus material which is great. I love that I can work at my own pace and can revisit sessions at my leisure and that I have lifelong access.

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