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Smile at Fear: A Retreat with Pema Chodron on Discovering Your Radiant Self-Confidence Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Dec 2011

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590309529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590309520
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ratcliffe on 3 Jun. 2012
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Very good, and met all my expectations. Pema is a down to earth, gentle and humourous person. i find it very easy to relate to her, and she gets the teaching across wonderfully.

however, one of the lectures seems to be cut short abruptly while Pema is still talking. can anyone else testify to this, or do i have a faulty copy / dvd player. The fault is on the first disk.

if this fault does indeed feature on all the disks - due to terrible editing - then i would definitely avoid paying much more than ten pounds (i bought from an independent seller at about 12 pounds, Amazon was selling at a whopping price of about 23 pounds).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nee Nee Jen on 13 Jan. 2012
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This is a double DVD, and it has so much wisdom and compassion to take in, that I know I will be going to it again and again. Pema Chodron speaks clearly and openly not just about Buddhism but about her personal experience as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cousin Jennie on 26 Mar. 2014
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For the meantime, I'm not able to attend a retreat of this nature, so being able to watch/hear these talks at my own convenience is marvellous. These are wonderful talks, and I wouldn't like to put a value on them. They certainly 'speak to my condition', as the Quakers put it.

The only thing is that the second of Ani Pema's talks (the third item on the first DVD) stalls in the middle and suddenly I'm faced with the Menu. It's not earth-shattering, I can get back into it and continue with the talk, but it's a bit irritating. I'm considering having it replaced, but it could just need cleaning.

What's nice is that you don't actually need to buy Trungpa Rinpoche's book, if you have 'Shambhala' that does the trick, apparently.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Dear Pema, I love you. 26 Feb. 2012
By Katherine - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the title really says it all :-) --I have a very difficult and stressful job. Her CDs get me through it. I will be stirred up like a hornet's nest from work and then go for a walk and listen to one of her CDs. It always does the trick. She has taught me so much, and she does it in a friendly down-to-earth fashion. She is funny and modern. This particular CD is one of my favorite. Fear is etched into the fabric of our lives. This CD will effect anyone. You don't have to be in some horrible emotional place. Hands down, it will give you a deeper perspective and enhance your relationship with all aspects of the world. Buy it!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Life Changing Messages 12 Jan. 2012
By dlangler - Published on Amazon.com
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I have listened to many Pema Chodron books and watched her on video. She has an extraordinary voice and easy to listen to presentation style of complex material making it all very understandable and practiceable.

This is a beautiful DVD of a retreat which cost much more than this DVD to attend. You will get to fully experience it as deeply as you want either through repeated watching or doing the exercises along with the DVD which allows time to shut off the DVD to do them. However if you want as I often do to listen to her words and insights, there are several on here including the questions and answers session that are very revealing of the practice and potential impact on ourselves as well as the world so in need.

Highly recommend for individuals as well as group usage for the exercises.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Deeply Touching 14 Nov. 2012
By Notayogi - Published on Amazon.com
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I received Smile at Fear audio CD, and it is not Pema Chodron reading "Smile at Fear" to you. It is recorded from one of her retreats and she discusses the book's concepts in a very nurturing manner. At the the time of my receiving these CDs (4 CD's) I was going through a difficult struggle of feelings of inadequacy. Pema touches on those same feelings she had with a former friend. It stopped me in my tracks because it made me realize several things I had not thought of, one of which was my need to run away from this feelings, either physically get away or escape with food to comfort me. I can recount many friends I have turned away from and family I have moved away from just to escape these deep feelings of pain and unworthiness, not to mention an extra 30 lbs gained. Pema has helped me to realize that I can touch those feelings as painful as they are and realize that I'm not going to die. She gives great instruction on how to help yourself when you head down a path of emotional pain, which is described as "wind horse". She helps you step by step (3 steps) and then reviews them again with you. I have to say as the holidays approach and I will be forced to share the space with a few of those people who often make me feel bad about myself, I plan to use the steps she has given in hopes of enjoying these people, rather than closing up and preparing myself with dread as I have in the past. She points out that whatever we tend to run away from, those situations will keep arising over and over for us to learn from them. So with this in mind, I look forward to learning from these "teachers" so that as time goes by I will open my heart to any situation rather than run from it. Lastly, I have a few of Pema Chodron's CD's and all have been great but this one has really helped me to see how I have done things in the past and how I can do them differently. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who is looking for a way to love themselves more and to stop escalating the emotional pain that one can get caught up in.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Pema Chodron is an inspiration 18 Jan. 2012
By Elizabeth Lynn Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this in an audio book for a long family road trip to help keep the family in a positive, mindful mood. My husband and I enjoyed it, made the car ride go much faster. The kids were not interested and had their Ipods/Nintendo games going strong!
Smile at Fear, was inspirational and I continue to think of her words when I lose sight of my ultimate goal: To live a vital life. Thank you for helping all of us look inside and view our fear as a device for growth, rather than something that holds us back.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, Insightful and Really Ejnoyable 8 Mar. 2013
By Mars - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for myself and one for a friend. We both had the same initial thought before listening to it: smile at fear, REALLY? After listening to it we both felt converted. Chodron doesn't simply suggest that if one smiles enough, with a blindly positive attitude, all fear is eradicated. Instead she suggests ways to understand the nature of fear, our habitual fearful responses, and ways we can perhaps see our circumstances differently, and alter our fearful responses. The "Smile" part would seem to come after a shift in thinking and "knee-jerk" behavior because we can really just lighten up and let go!

After listened to the full set of CDs, I end up going back to the last CD that summarizes them all really well, for a quick "refresher" and helpful reminders. Also I really like the guided meditation at the end of the first CD. It's very helpful to use repeatedly until one begins to become more comfortable with their own meditation practice.

I always say one can't go wrong with anything written by Pema Chodron. It was especially nice to just listen to her words this time. I felt that I could actually relate to her better after hearing her voice, her friendly, very down to earth manner, and the many humorous stories she sprinkles into her talks.
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