Noble Heart

A Self-Guided Retreat on Befriending Your Obstacles

Noble Heart

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You can't get away from suffering. That's the good news, teaches Pema Chödrön. For at the core of your most painful experiences, perhaps more than anywhere else, you will find the seeds of your awakening.

On Noble Heart, this beloved American-born Buddhist nun shows you how vulnerability is your greatest spiritual resource on the path through life's difficulties. The noble heart, Ane Pema teaches, is one that sheds its armor, opening itself fearlessly to both heartache and delight. Using special meditations and traditional teachings, Pema Chödrön leads you, step-by-step, toward a full realization of your true strength, the strength that can come only through embracing the pain of your own experience.

Noble Heart was recorded as it happened, within the peaceful shrine room of Gampo Abbey, Ane Pema's home on the cliffs of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Structured so that you can create your own retreat at home or at your meditation center, this complete curriculum brings you key teachings about how to recognize and cultivate the soft spot that is the gateway to your own noble heart.

Here is the promise of the Four Limitless Ones—maitri (loving-kindness), compassion, joy, and equanimity—and down-to-earth advice about how to draw strength from them every day, in any situation. Here, too, are the treasured teachings about the Six Paramitas: the Buddha's own map of the journey to enlightenment. Learn how to connect with your innately unlimited friendliness, and how it can grow big enough to contain the entire world.

With four complete meditations, unique heart teachings, and Ane Pema's trademark humor, Noble Heart invites you to discover for yourself the compassion and wisdom that have established her as a leading voice in American Buddhism. Includes more than nine hours of direct teachings from this revered acharya (master teacher), as well as a 48-page study guide.


  • The four great catalysts of awakening, and how to begin integrating them into your life today
  • The basic goodness that nothing can take away from you
  • Authentic Tibetan Buddhist chants for generating gratitude and compassion
  • Where to find and how to build your inner strength and trust
  • The maitri meditation that multiplies love
  • How the Three Noble Principles can enrich everything you do
  • Why you need your soft spot to awaken spiritually
  • When "don't know" mind is wiser than all the teachings in the world
  • The Three Lords of Materialism—and how to diffuse their power
  • The antidote to aggression
  • A melting practice you can use to undo isolation and anxiety

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Supreme Pema! Review by terra

Having studied with Pema for over 20 years, in person and via her books, DVDs, CDs and online programs, I find that Noble Heart is still fresh after all these years. Pema not only "walks the talk" but in these live retreat sessions her rare gifts of deep understanding, kitchen-table clarity, compassion and humor guide us gently yet firmly "to the other shore" ~~which of course she proceeds to tell us does not exist! Highly recommended for both "beginners" and long-timers.

(Posted on 6/24/2015)

Review for Noble Heart Review by Reed K

This is a wonderful program recorded from a retreat, and covers more basics that are helpful in understanding some of Pema's latter talks. It's very interesting listening to her at an earlier stage in her enlightenment, and to compare how her heart has softened even more since. I strongly recommend this as an essential part to any Chodron teachings. The pdf booklet that accompanies the program provides all the definitions that sometimes she assumes we understand and remember...and that alone is worth the price. Thanks Pema!

(Posted on 1/9/2014)

Review for Noble Heart Review by Suzanne B

Anything written or spoken by Pema is worth listening to. These CDs are an excellent supplement to her many books. I love the warm tone of her calm presentation of these spiritual teachings, and I also love her sense of self-effacing humor that comes through in her delivery.

(Posted on 1/4/2014)

Review for Noble Heart Review by CG

Pema is wonderful in everything she does!

(Posted on 1/1/2014)

Review for Noble Heart Review by gypsygranny

Ooops - my error -- the study guide is on the last CD in the group of CDs -

(Posted on 12/8/2013)

Review for Noble Heart Review by gypsygranny

I love Pema and I love listening to these CDs, but there is mention of a study guide and I did not receive the study guide. However, I give the content of the cds a 5* rating.

(Posted on 12/8/2013)

Review for Noble Heart Review by patricia crawfordpatricia c

Everhthing was perfect..i love sounds true...thank you.pc

(Posted on 5/19/2013)

Review for Noble Heart Review by James Howard

Everything I hoped it would be.

(Posted on 2/3/2012)

Review for Noble Heart Review by Kunga Nyma

I have misplaced my Noble Heart collection purchased a couple years ago. This is true suffering until I find it and re-study the course.

(Posted on 12/6/2011)

Review for Noble Heart Review by nancy gilchrist

Pema is a wonderful resource, She can be listened to over and over. Always new insight.

(Posted on 10/7/2011)

Review for Noble Heart Review by Janet Tawes

As usual, Pema surpassed my expectations.

(Posted on 10/1/2011)

Review for Noble Heart Review by Katherine Andersen

Words of wisdom from Pema Chodron were great, but, "Noble Heart" has to many blank discs with long meditations.

(Posted on 9/24/2011)

Review for Noble Heart Review by Lelia Calder

This wonderful set of teachings is both a transmission and a course of instruction in all the opening-the-heart practices of the Mahayana path to enlightenment. With talks, guided meditations, practice instructions, assignments and Q & A, Ani Pema teaches the foundational practices for arousing Bodhicitta for oneself and all beings. There is even an accompanying booklet. Good for individuals or classes, and for beginners as well advanced practitioners. You can never have too much of the these basic teachings.

(Posted on 8/13/2010)



Contents 12 CDs (9 hours, 30 minutes); 1 Study guide (45 pages)
Date Published October 01, 2004
ISBN-10 1-59179-230-4
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-230-7
Dimensions 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Product Code AF00877D

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Contents 1 Audio download (9 hours, 30 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published October 01, 2004
ISBN-10 1-60407-244-X
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-244-0
Product Code AF00877W