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Working With Pain and Suffering

We all deal with pain and suffering. But how can we better deal with them? These classic teachings from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sylvia Boorstein, Pema Chodron, Traleg Ripoche and more — all from the pages of the Shambhala Sun — will point the way.

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Meeting Pain With Awareness

Does awareness suffer? Does it feel pain or sadness? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teaches us how to discover a mind of freedom and awareness even in the midst of stress and suffering. We can meet our pain with openness, strength, and clarity, and our relationship to it is transformed.

Finding Joy Amid the Pain

Even while we suffer, says Darlene Cohen, we can experience joy in life by opening up fully to our experience, not closing down. Drawing on her training as a Zen teacher and her own long experience with chronic pain, she offers an awareness approach to living well with suffering.

Suffering: The Journey Starts Here

Traleg Rinpoche, Glenn Wallis, and Phillip Moffitt explain why anxiety and dissatisfaction are the means by which we can truly begin the practice of inner transformation.

The Suffering We Share

At her weekly meditation class, Sylvia Boorstein finds that sharing stories of those we love and worry about leaves her feeling kinder and more connected.

Joan Halifax: Fearless and Fragile

After a life time of contemplating death and caring for the dying, Zen teacher Joan Halifax reflects on her life's work and the breaking of her own bones. Kristin Barendsen reports.


Working with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is bad enough, says Chris Stewart-Patterson, M.D., but at least there are ways not to add to your misery.


Meeting Pain with Awareness

Does awareness suffer? Does it feel pain or sadness? According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teaches us how to discover a mind of freedom and awareness even in the midst of stress and suffering. We can meet our pain with openness, strength, and clarity, and our relationship to it is transformed.

Training the Mind to Transform Adversity into Awakening

Buddhism’s mind-training slogans help us work with all the challenges of life, from the upheavals of our own emotions to the inevitable losses and disappointments of this imperfect world. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche explains how obstacles can be brought to the spiritual path and become opportunities for awakening.

Turn Your Thinking Upside Down

We base our lives on seeking happiness and avoiding suffering, but the best thing we can do for ourselves—and for the planet—is to turn this whole way of thinking upside down. Pema Chödrön shows us Buddhism’s radical side.



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