Pema Chodron: Bad Times are Good News. {Buddhism}

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 22, 2011
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What a ripe time this is..!

But difficult times don’t always lead to enlightenment. When things get really difficult, lots of mess and neurosis. Counterproductively, we fear and push away pain. But this only makes us feel more unhappy. Stress and strain bring out the worst.

And so Tonglen is the main practice, here—and through it these very same times can wake us up and connect us with the openness of our hearts and minds.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


5 Responses to “Pema Chodron: Bad Times are Good News. {Buddhism}”

  1. I feel that tonglen has allowed me to live compassionately, both for myself and for others, despite chronic illness. I am so grateful to Pema Chodron for introducing it to me. I devote an entire chapter to it in my book on living well with chronic illness: "How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers."

    I like to say that when things get rough, I put my head in the lap of the Buddha. Well, I've put my head in Pema's lap too at times.

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