True Happiness

Cultivating a Life of Unconditional Joy and the Power to Benefit Others

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Happiness is your birthright and it is readily available at any given moment, teaches Pema Chödrön. So why do we live in such suffering?

The potential for happiness is not based on outer things—they come and go, causing us misery, she begins. We're always chasing after something, trying to avoid the difficult places. But there are a lot of small sweetnesses that we ignore because they're so fleeting.

On True Happiness, Pema Chödrön guides you through simple-yet-effective practices that show you how to recognize and nurture these moments of delight, cultivating them until they become more and more frequent, accessible, and real as a constant influence in our lives.

At the root of everything is basic goodness, a Buddhist view that each of us is fundamentally awake and compassionate, yet we tend to look at ourselves from a place of badness, explains Ani Pema. We spend our lives in self-doubt and confusion, attempting to be perfect and get it right. But life is about being open to whatever might arise, including feelings of uneasiness as well as feelings of contentment and peace.

Rather than asking "How can I get out of this?" ask "How can I stay in this moment of discomfort and begin to soften?" It is in that moment of softening that you will find your open heart, teaches Pema Chödrön. Everyone has the longing to feel the open heart, because it is a deep happiness that can never be taken away.

Recorded at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia, True Happiness gives you the opportunity to spend yarne, or winter retreat, with Pema Chödrön in the warmth and comfort of your own home. Join this bestselling author and teacher as she guides you through seven hours of effective meditations and practices to dissolve the barriers to your heart, reconnect with the source of basic goodness, and cultivate a sense of happiness if only to touch upon it for brief but precious moments at a time.


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Review for True Happiness Review by Mary Ann Z

Pema always both challenges and calms me!

(Posted on 2/5/2014)

Review for True Happiness Review by Susan Dveirin

Thank you for all the work that you do and the amazing material that is provided, i am very grateful for this service,
i went through a tough year with breast cancer,
and this site and service was a touchstone for me,at a time of healing and being also in a new environment where i didnt know anyone after a move to Arizona (read Mars).........Thank you again

(Posted on 7/11/2012)

Review for True Happiness Review by Joe Corley

Still listening, but Pema Chodron is very easy to listen to and has wonderful insights that seem right and easy to incorporate into my life, as she makes it seem as if it has been there all along...

(Posted on 7/4/2012)

Review for True Happiness Review by Maire

I loved this. Listened to it over and over. I love her sense of humor and her accessibility.

(Posted on 6/19/2012)

Review for True Happiness Review by anonymous

I have listened to this title over and over and I get more from it each time. I'm very grateful for this heartfelt and accessible work.

(Posted on 6/5/2012)

Review for True Happiness Review by James Garza

I have throughly enjoyed this presentation by Pema Chodron and very much recommend it to others. Very useful and helpful to any one interested in Tonglen practice and living a life according to Buddhist precepts.

(Posted on 9/30/2011)



Contents 6 CDs (420 minutes)
Date Published February 01, 2005
ISBN-10 1-59179-244-4
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-244-4
Dimensions 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
Product Code AF00892D

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Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published February 01, 2005
ISBN-10 1-60407-482-5
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-482-6
Product Code AF00892W