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Three Steps to Courage

Working Compassionately with Difficult Emotions
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In the midst of fear, anger, or sadness it may seem impossible to find our ground. Yet, the feelings we want to avoid the most can open the way to fearlessness, our basic goodness, and true freedom.
Beloved Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön has a unique gift for helping those of all faiths to work with their most difficult inner and outer challenges. In this supportive series of talks, listeners will join her at her best—showing us the way back to our wisest and most heartful selves.
Here, Pema shares three simple, time-honored steps to practice when we are in pain or crisis:
  • Finding the stillness and space within our inner storms so that we can act rather than react
  • Using all of our felt experiences—positive and negative—as a direct path not only to immediate relief, but to real courage, nurtured through compassion
  • Transforming our emotions and welcoming them as friends
The feelings that we want to run from, Pema tells us, offer us the very fuel we need to grow our strength and self-acceptance. With Three Steps to Courage, you will learn how to do just that—with welcome support and inspiration along the way.
Program Highlights
Session 1: Refraining from Emotional Reactivity
  • The three steps to courage
  • Guided Practice: Feeling Our Feelings 
  • Facing debilitating insecurity and feeling with kindness
  • "Recognition" and the ability to refrain
  • Releasing our storylines and softening into experience
  • Emotions and intimacy
Session 2: Emotions as Paths of Awakening
  • Melting the ice cube: becoming intimate with your experience 
  • The mindful gap, letting go, and clear seeing
  • Q&A topics: holding space, recognizing wisdom, empathy, and basic goodness
Session 3: Transforming Emotions
  • Working with grief and loneliness
  • Courage, ignorance, and the "qualities" game
  • Cultivating spaciousness with tonglen practice
  • Q&A topics: karmic seeds, shenpa, patience, loneliness, optimism, regret, virtue, and the healing power of love
    Format Details
    Audio CD
    Contents Digital Audio (3 hours, 24 minutes) 3 CDs (3 hours, 25 minutes)
    Dimensions 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
    Product Code AW05887W AW05887D
    ISBN Number 978-1-68364-438-5 978-1-68364-437-8
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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 pemachodronfoundation.org.

    Author photo © Christine Alicino


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    3 Steps to Courage, Pema Chodron

    Always love Pema’s audios…especially the Tonglen audios. She has a sense of humor, and explains the difficult Buddhist concepts so even I can grasp them. If you want some serenity in your life, try leaning into your pain through Tonglen.

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