Emotional Alchemy

Transforming Suffering through Tonglen

The tonglen (tib. giving and taking) practice is a method for connecting with suffering - ours and that which is all around us - everywhere we go. It is a method for overcoming the fear of suffering and for dissolving the tightness of our heart. Primarily it is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in all of [...] »

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Smile at Fear – Video Course

This course is essential watching for anyone who feels just too buffeted and anxious – by the endless stresses of modern life. Through different meditations – from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and by mindful practice Stephan Pende gives us a ‘toolkit’ for how to reset our internal thermostat which, through daily practice, will help us to develop greater inner [...] »

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Awakening is not the absence of pain

In my courses, you learn how to live differently in relation to your pain. You are invited to touch, to embrace the nature of your experience without judging it. Your experience is neither good nor bad, it simply is. With acceptance, there is much more freedom in your life. Our work is an invitation to be present to your [...] »

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Being with your feelings

You can meet yourself in many ways. While Stephan opted for life as a monk, sometimes in solitary retreat, I was living family life with children. He had Lama Zopa Rinpoche, I was blessed with Ian Radcliff, a wise and kind therapist-teacher. One day, when I once again in despair cried about not knowing what to do to with [...] »

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