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Date & Time Details: 6 Sunday afternoons: January 21 - February 25, 2018 Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Making Friends with Yourself: Exploring Self, Selflessness, and the Roots of Attachment

With Pema Chodron

January 21 - February 25, 2018

Every winter Pema Chödrön leads a retreat for the thirty residents of Gampo Abbey, her home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This self‐study course offers a special opportunity to be a part of one of these retreats, made available to you exclusively through Shambhala Publications.

Join Pema in this intimate setting as she explores, in her usual down‐to‐earth and practical way, the Buddhist teachings that get to the heart of how our sense of self develops and functions. We’ll learn about the five skandhas—the elements that come together to form our experience of the self—as well as the twelve nidanas—the links of dependent origination that describe how the sense of self cycles from birth to death in every moment, creating habits of reactivity that hook us and cause us pain.

Presenting long‐established teachings in a way that is fresh and accessible, Pema shows how we can transcend the negative patterns and attachments that are at the root of our suffering. Having seen through the self, we can live with limitless joy, wisdom, and compassion toward ourselves and all beings.


Pema Chodron
Pema Chödrön is an American Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, acharya and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Pema has written several books and is the director of the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada. Pema Chödrön teaches the traditional “Yarne” retreat at Gampo Abbey each winter and the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life in Berkeley each summer. A central theme of her teaching is the principle of “shenpa”, or “attachment”, which she interprets as the moment one is hooked into a cycle of habitual negative or self-destructive thoughts and actions. According to Chödrön, this occurs when something in…
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