Make your vow to help others real with this meditation teaching from Pema Chödrön.
Pema Chödrön teaches us Tonglen, “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion.
Tonglen, or “sending and taking,” is a meditation practice to kindle sympathy. Breathing in, we take in the pain of others and send them relief while breathing out.
When a car drove over her foot, Carla Beharry felt like her anger would never end. She soon learned that the only way out of suffering is through it.
On the inbreath, says Judy Lief, take in what is bad, freeing others from it. On the outbreath, offer what is good.
Pema Chödron gives a teaching on Tonglen and Lojong.
Laura Johnson’s eight-month-old cat died as the California wildfires destroyed nearby homes. She reflects on how her deeply personal loss opened her heart to society’s shared humanity.
Mike DeStefano’s memory is to get a much-deserved bump, thanks to the pending release of a documentary about him.
In order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves.
A teaching on Tonglen practice by Pema Chödrön, and how it begins by taking in our own suffering before we can help others.