|Author: Pema/ Walker Chodron|
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|The seed of joy lies in the heart of suffering. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker discovered this revolutionary truth when she first heard the teachings of Pema Chodron, an American-born Buddhist nun whose popular books have helped to awaken and spread the practice of compassion in the West. On Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation, you will learn about the life-changing impact on both women of tonglen meditation: an ancient Tibetan meditation that transforms pain into compassion through the medium of your own breath. With honesty and humor, Chodron and Walker reflect on anger, joy, fear, and the union of spirituality and social activism. A deeply courageous vision of the human journey unfolds as these two thinkers from different worlds come together in a provocative exchange of insight and personal revelation. Ultimately, their combined wisdom illuminates the realm, available to us all, where the barriers between self and others dissolve. Recorded live at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation includes a lively question-and-answer session available nowhere else.|
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How can human suffering become "good medicine"? Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker and American-born Buddhist nun Pema ChÈodrÈon reflect on their personal experiences of the "giving and taking" meditation and how it has helped heal their lives.
Alice Walker's parents were sharecroppers, and she grew up in a small Georgia town. When she was 8, an accident with a BB gun damaged one eye, resulting in a partial loss of sight. She studied at Spelman College on a scholarship for the handicapped, but eventually, in 1965, got her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence. After college, she worked in Georgia registering voters, then with the Head Start program in Mississippi and the welfare department in New York City. She began to write, publishing her first novel, MERIDIAN, which reflected her experiences working in Georgia, in 1967. In that year she also married a civil rights lawyer, whom she divorced ten years later. Walker published two novels, two books of short stories, and a great deal of poetry before THE COLOR PURPLE came out in 1982, followed by Stephen Spielberg's popular film and (in 1983) the Pulitzer Prize. Much of Walker's early writing is autobiographical, drawn from her childhood and activism; in her later years, she calls herself a "womanist" writer, concentrating on sexism as well as racism. She is a tireless spokesperson for the value of African-American traditions and culture, and for the common people who cannot speak for themselves.Pema Chodron has been the director of the Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia. She studied under Chogyam Trungpa. Chodron is associated with the concept of "loving-kindness." Her books are popular with readers of Eastern thought and she is a frequent seminar and retreat leader.