What you'll learn
- Realize what you’re hooked to in terms of negative reactions and behaviors in your daily life
- Access mindfulness practices and meditations that will allow you to reprogram your reactions and habits
- Achieve greater levels of joy and freedom by understanding that you have a choice in the way that you react to circumstances in life
- Change the way that you react by finally unhooking yourself from past patterns
There are no requirements to take this course. All you need is the time to watch or listen to the lectures and implement the practices.
In part two of the "Freedom to Choose Something Different" program, Pema Chodron, a respected and popular Buddhist nun, helps students transform themselves for the better.
If you’re interested in evolving into the best possible person that you can be, you’ll need to be brave enough to recognize your own negative habits. Beyond that, you’ll also need to work hard to replace those patterns with positive ones.
Pema guides you through the process of not only reflecting upon your actions, but also the steps necessary to change.
Choose to Release Negative Habits and Patterns for Good
- Recognize the Negative Behaviors That You’re Hooked To
- Learn Mindfulness Techniques and Meditations for Inner Peace, Joy, & Freedom
- Replace Old Patterns with Positive Actions
- Practice Lovingkindness Towards Yourself and Others
React in a Positive Way to Welcome Joy and Freedom into Your Life
This course will show you how to establish a lifelong practice that will allow you recognize patterns of behavior that are holding you back from joy and freedom.
You’ll learn that you do have the freedom to choose a different path for yourself, and that you do have the ability to change, especially when you implement mindfulness techniques into your life.
Pema Chodron will also teach you lovingkindness so you can be gentle to yourself, particularly as you move from a state of being hooked to negative habits, to a state of being free of those patterns.
Contents and Overview
This course starts off with a discussion on the Three Difficult Practices, the first of which is noticing when you’re hooked to old patterns that are holding you back from joy.
As you explore what it’s like being hooked (or what’s known in Tibetan Buddhism as shenpa), you’ll also learn why people become hooked in the first place.
You’ll begin to comprehend how to break old patterns, as well as establish a new way of reacting to situations and people in your life.
In order to prevent you from being too hard on yourself for any negative habits, you’ll even learn how to practice lovingkindness towards others and yourself.
To further understand how to unhook yourself and achieve freedom and joy, you’ll explore a mindfulness-awareness practice and a meditation that you can implement into your daily life.
Finally, you’ll discover what it really means to choose a new alternative.
You’ll know exactly how to avoid following the same old chain reaction so you can become more positive, grounded, and light.
Bonus material features Glenna Olmsted, and you’ll learn even more ways to apply Pema’s teachings.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to apply Pema’s teachings and practices with ease while creating a life filled with joy and freedom.
You’ll know how to recognize and unhook yourself from negative patterns of behavior so you can heal yourself and help others.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in learning about Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy
- Anyone who wishes to change for the better by releasing negative habits
- Anyone who hopes to replace negative aspects of themselves with positive ones
About the instructor
Ani 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.
Ani Pema is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in the West, as well as continuing her work with western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. Her non-profit, The Pema Chödrön Foundation, was set up to assist in this purpose.
She has written several books: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time To Lose,Practicing Peace in Times of War, How to Meditate, and Living Beautifully. All are available from Shambhala Publications and Sounds True.