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Title: Embracing the Unknown: Life Lessons from the Tibetan Book of the Dead 

Life, death, and rebirth - Pema Chödrön on the Tibetan Book of the Dead

What happens when we die? One of the most treasured resources for understanding this essential question is the Tibetan Book of the Dead. With Embracing the Unknown, Pema Chödrön delves into the teachings of this extraordinary Buddhist text - not only for what it tells us about the journey of the soul beyond this life but also as a source of profound wisdom for navigating the uncertainty we face each day in "the bardo of this life". In this landmark appearance recorded live at the Omega Institute, Pema explores the universal mystery of life, death, and rebirth, including:

What is the bardo? How any state between an ending and a beginning gives us an unparalleled opportunity for transformation
What is rebirth? Pema takes a deeper look at this concept and how it also occurs in our moment-to-moment experience
Can we let go? Guidance for honoring the difficult emotions of fear, sadness, and grief with an open and curious heart
How can we prepare? Meditation techniques and everyday practices for befriending change, groundlessness, and the unknown
What can we really know about death? Why the teachings of the Book of the Dead are valuable no matter what you believe.

Author: Pema Chödrön

  • Publisher: Sounds True; Unabridged edition (February 5, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683641329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683641322
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1

About the Author

Pema ChödrönAni Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. 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 grandchildren.

While in her mid-thirties, Ani Pema traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to Scotland at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him.

Pema first met her root guru, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Rinpoche, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong.

Ani Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong in Boulder, Colorado until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave her explicit instructions on establishing this monastery for western monks and nuns.

Ani Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is also a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the oldest son and lineage holder of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


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