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Tonglen: The Path of Transformation

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Pema Chödrön on tonglen, a meditative practice for cultivating love and compassion. Tonglen is a gentle, step-by-step process of opening the heart. By embracing, rather than rejecting, the unwanted and painful aspects of experience, we overcome fear and develop greater empathy for others. Here is a practical guide for deepening our practice and understanding of this powerf

Paperback, 134 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Shambhala Media
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Tonglen is a meditation practice of "exchanging oneself for the other" in which you use the breath to expand from small, self-centered self to a more spacious, generous self: on the inbreath you imagine taking in someone else's suffering and on the outbreath you visualize sending relief from suffering to that person. Pema Chodron, as always, is clear and helpful and wry in writing about this practice.

An excellent and thorough introduction to an exceptionally important meditation practice.
A clear and powerful explanation of how to turn suffering into compassion.
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Ani Pema Chödrön (Deirdre Blomfield-Brown) is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, closely associated with the Kagyu school and the Shambhala lineage.

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 g
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