Awakening Love

Teachings and Practices to Cultivate a Limitless Heart

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Awaken the Capacity to Love, the True Purpose of Our Lives

Have you ever wanted to love and connect with others more deeply … but felt that you could use a little help shedding the “emotional armor” and opening your heart?

With Awakening Love, Pema Chödrön invites you to start wherever you are, amid any and all of the challenges, frustrations, or fears you may be facing, and to use them as the starting place to awaken the natural and boundless capacity to give and receive love more fully.

This practice-centered program, recorded at Gampo Abbey, will teach you how to apply the insights of Buddhism’s Four Limitless Ones—lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity—to even your most difficult obstacles.

Your Obstacles to the Open Heart Are Your Most Valuable Allies

Many students confess to Pema Chödrön that they cannot think of even one person to love during heart-centered meditation practice. This is what she tells them:

“What if you could open to that frustration, just for a moment, to discover not just where love is free flowing … but where it’s not? That is how we all begin to uncover the soft spot within.”

Here, Pema Chödrön brings her unique blend of kitchen-table common sense, scholarship, and empathy to help you discover the eternal resilience and joy of your own tender, undefended, and genuine heart. Whether you’re in the midst of a challenging relationship, grief, or simply in need of heart-centered rejuvenation, Awakening Love provides you with the gentle step-by-step instructions needed to awaken the natural goodness within you.


  • The Four Qualities or Limitless Ones, the roots of suffering, and expanding the capacity to love
  • Seeing where we’re blocked and bringing lovingkindness to our biases and fears
  • Aspiration practice, “not faking it,” unblocking the flow of love, and benefactors
  • Changing our attitude toward pain, working with anger, compassionate abiding, tonglen, and “making friends with the hard stuff”
  • Meditations and practices for receiving unconditional love, resting in natural awareness, cultivating gratitude and sympathetic joy, opening to the world, and more

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Customer Reviews

very good as usual in the short review i heard Review by softwear1

she should be read and listened to and if possible to be seen in person.....

a great teacher ! ! !


(Posted on 10/5/2015)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Eva Irene S

Pema is wonderful. She isn't one of these "high above everyone else" gurus. She goes through the same issues we all go through and presents material in a sweet, loving, yet sometimes funny way.

I listened to this set while on my way to and from my best friend's house. My best friend was dying in another state. Pema's CDs helped to calm my Spirit, help me accept my feelings about the situation and lean into them. Listening to these eased my suffering from seeing my friend die. They are truly a gift.

(Posted on 4/23/2014)

Review for Awakening Love Review by MAUREEN B

Pema Chodron continues to reshape my thinking in these wondrous teachings filled with humour and true life insight

(Posted on 4/16/2014)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Bobbie G

I love anything Pema Chodron does. I think I have everything she has written CDs books etc

(Posted on 4/16/2014)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Kathleen B

As always: real, connected, direct and spot on teachings on seeing clearly in practice. Ani Pema is a gifted teacher who opens the door to the 4 brahma-viharas as we acknowledge and release the roots of suffering.

(Posted on 4/9/2014)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Marian C

As always, Pema's words bring me closer to understanding what mindfulness is all about, and how constantly returning to the present moment leads to authenticity. I appreciate her ability to speak deep truths in simple ways, without sugar-coating the difficulties, but not making them seem overwhelming, either.

(Posted on 11/29/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Nancy Gunzberg

Everything went smoothly. I love your company and the material you make available, many for free.
Thanks so much!


(Posted on 6/27/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Edith Andersen

I don't know if Pema's work is for everyone. But it SURE is for me. She never fails to reach me, ground me, and make me laugh. Tall order. Always fulfilled.

(Posted on 6/16/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Marie Pedneault

The content of the CDs are good, as always with Pema Chodron. However the quality of the sound is not so good. The sound seems to come out of a tin can and even though i played with the different modalities of my computer to correct it, my efforts did not work. This echo is unpleasant and disturbs my listening. So I am planning to reload Awakening Love, in the hope that the problem happened in the process and is not a problem with the product itself.

(Posted on 5/29/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Trish Wild, RN PHD

Oh Pema how I love thee. How you manage to come along with exactly the right thing at the right time in my life. I have a lot to learn, and so thankful to have you as one of my most powerful teachers.

(Posted on 5/28/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Bill Purchase

This was terrific...a great teaching...I love her work, and this is sure what I needed right now. I will be forever grateful There are a few books mentioned to help with the teachings too..

(Posted on 5/28/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Fred Christall

As always Prema is excellent in her presentation of information.

(Posted on 5/5/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by CARMEN GLORIA QUIROZ MARTIN

I have enjoyed so much, Pema is the teacher for me, I work in therapy and it has really help me in my work, so always grateful for your existence,

(Posted on 5/4/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by martin muntz

it shows how dificult it is to pratice compassion for some one like me. it takes a lot of courage to stay with this life long practice and not give up

(Posted on 3/17/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Ann King

I am halfway through the 8-CD set. Already its wisdom is penetrating my mind's resistance to new ways of perceiving the challenges of living and dying. This is after listening to Pema CDs for years. You would think that I'd be enlightened by now, huh.

(Posted on 3/15/2012)

Review for Awakening Love Review by Maureen Ross MA

Wonderfully refreshing. I enjoy Pema's Heart Inspirations. This is the first time hearing her voice, soothing.
I feel very much the same way living and learning with dogs. They live in the present moment, reflecting our behavior back to us ... gratefully,
Maureen, Daily Doga Inspirations

(Posted on 3/4/2012)



Contents 8 CDs (9 hours, 8 minutes)
Date Published March 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-665-8
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-665-3
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Code AF02382D

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Contents Audio download
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published March 01, 2012
ISBN-10 1-60407-758-1
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-758-2
Product Code AF02382W