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Lama Palden Drolma joins Monique Chapman to talk about her new book Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy
Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy introduces readers to a profound, ancient meditation that has been practiced in isolated mountain retreats in the Himalayas for centuries, which is now available to the modern world.
This ancient Tibetan Buddist meditation combines breath, awareness, imagination, and an energetic transformation process. Lama Palden Drolma has been practicing Tonglen meditation for over forty years and teaching it over thirty. “The meditation brings all these components together in a powerful way in order to open our hearts, to reveal and cultivate our kindness, love, compassion, and wisdom.”
The complete “Love on Every Breath” meditation consists of eight steps and is done as a sitting practice that takes forty-five minutes to an hour from start to finish, but the practice is highly adaptable and can be done “on-the-spot” in daily life as well as on the cushion. Lama Palden Droma provides instructions for bothe in Love on Every Breath. She also provides a “non-Buddhist” variation for people from other traditions that can be easily adapted for the non-religious or for those of different religions.
We Talk about
- How Tonglen meditation works
- The benefits of Tonglen Meditation
- The heart-opening process
- The importance of structured eye placement and posture enhancing your experience
- The shadow side and Tonglen meditation
- The two truths
- The importance of awareness
- The creative meditation practice
- The subtle body
The purpose of Love on Every Breath Meditation –
“Is to cultivate our love and compassion, to transform and liberate our heart,” writes Lama Palden. When we come from a place of love, everything shifts for us. This book gives you the tools to transform and empower yourself and come to a place of creative engaged freedom.
Lama Palden Drolma
s a licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studies Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western Lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetian Buddist teaching center in Fairfax, California. www.lamapalden.org