Making Friends with Yourself: An Online Course with Pema Chödrön

July 17th—August 21st (2018)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    In this time of groundless and change, we all need the teachings more than ever.  The Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center would like to offer this program to the community free of charge as an opportunity to study, practice and just be together.  If your schedule permits, please join us for all or part of our regular open sitting session (6:00-7:00pm) before the program.  The online talks will be followed by a group discussion, facilitated by our director, Jennifer Yarbro, who spent 9 months of 2017 at Gampo Abbey as a monastic resident.

    Don't miss this chance to hear these profound teachings from one of our most beloved and respected teachers. These talks were recorded at Yarne, a six week winter retreat led by Pema Chodron for the thirty residents of Gampo Abbey, her home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

    We’ll learn about the five skandhas—the elements that come together to form our experience of the self—as well as the twelve nidanas—the links of dependent origination that describe how the sense of self cycles from birth to death in every moment, creating habits of reactivity that hook us and cause us pain.

    Presenting long-established teachings in a way that is fresh and accessible, Pema shows how we can transcend the negative patterns and attachments that are at the root of our suffering. Having seen through the self, we can live with limitless joy, wisdom, and compassion toward ourselves and all beings. Pema's recorded teachings will be enhanced by our local practice and study as a community.

    About the Teacher

    Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery for Westerners in North America. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You.