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Embracing the Unknown

A Four-Part Online Course on Letting Go and Welcoming Change

Your course begins on October 5, 2020

It’s more than likely that you’ve heard of The Tibetan Book of the Dead. But what can this famous religious text tell you about living? Find out more with the guidance of Pema Chödrön . . .

An Invitation to Parts Unknown

Even though it is an intrinsic and unavoidable part of life, our culture as a whole doesn’t like to talk about death. For many of us, the concept is not only frightening, but nearly taboo—a grim shadow overhanging everything, silent and dreadful.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it shouldn’t.

When you’ve engaged in deep Buddhist practice for as long as I have, it’s impossible not to become familiar with The Tibetan Book of the Dead. This extraordinary text—part of a much larger cycle of foundational teachings—details a specific Buddhist view on what happens to you after death.

Specifically, the Book of the Dead explores the concept of bardo, the in-between space that opens beyond death and leads eventually into reincarnation. The bardo is not simply a Buddhist analogue to the Christian concept of Purgatory. Indeed, the state of bardo does not wait for you at some unknown moment in the future; it is already here, woven throughout the liminal spaces of our days. And when you come to understand that, enormous opportunities for awakening become available to you.

“Death isn’t just something that happens at the end. Life is continually arising, dwelling, ceasing, and arising. It’s a cycle that goes on every day, and continues to go on forever.”

—Ani Pema—

This is why I created Embracing the Unknown, a new online course devoted to exploring the context and meaning of the Book of the Dead, grasping the bardo of the everyday, and cultivating the courage necessary to face change head on. When you realize that every moment is a “between” moment, you also begin to recognize the immense power available in present-moment awareness.

Embracing the Unknown is a potent entry point to Buddhist philosophy, but its thorough exploration of the bardo also makes it ideal for advanced practitioners. Not only will you hear my own thoughts on death and change, you’ll also learn directly from Timothy Olmsted, one of my favorite and most frequent collaborators.

Change is inevitable. Fear of change is not. Join me in Embracing the Unknown to discover why we really do need to talk about death, and thus come to appreciate the rebirth available in every single moment of life.

With you on the journey,

Ani Pema Chödrön

About Your Teacher

Pema Chödrön

. . . is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many modern-day spiritual classics, including The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places That Scare You, No Time To Lose, Practicing Peace in Times of War, How to Meditate, and Living Beautifully. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia. For more information, visit pemachodronfoundation.org.

When You Enroll in Embracing the Unknown,
You'll Experience . . .

The Truth of the Bardo

Find out how being between an ending and a beginning gives us an unparalleled opportunity for transformation.

The Question of Rebirth

Look closely at this concept and how it arises in our moment-to-moment experience.

How to Let Go

Gain guidance for honoring the difficult emotions of fear, sadness, and grief with an open and curious heart.

Preparing for the Inevitable

Learn meditation techniques and everyday practices for befriending change, groundlessness, and the unknown.

Here's What You'll Learn in Embracing the Unknown

Embracing the Unknown Includes . . .

Four audio sessions on the bardo and how it weaves throughout every moment of your life.
Part One:
Welcoming Groundlessness

Join Pema for an introduction to both The Tibetan Book of the Dead and the concept of the bardo. This part contains:

  • “Welcoming Groundlessness” with Pema
    (30 minutes)
  • Prerecorded Q&A with Pema
    (1 hour)
Part Two:
Dwelling in the Uncertainty of Life

What does it mean to be between life and death, ending and beginning? In this part you’ll discover:

  • “The Bardo of Being” with Tim Olmsted
    (20 minutes)
  • “Guided Meditation” withTim Olmsted
    (30 minutes)
  • “Dwelling in the Uncertainty of Life” with Pema
    (20 minutes)
  • “Prerecorded Q&A” with Pema
    (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Part Three:
Finding Peace in the Bardo

Why should you dwell upon and within liminal places? Find the natural ease of “the between” in:

  • “Finding Peace in the Bardo, Part I” with Tim Olmsted
    (30 minutes)
  • “Finding Peace in the Bardo, Part II” with Tim Olmsted
    (1 hour)
  • “Finding Peace in the Bardo, Part III” with Tim Olmsted
    (30 minutes)
Part Four:
The Future Is the Present

Yes, there is great power in the bardo—but what does that mean for your daily life? In this final session, you will experience:

  • “The Future Is the Present” with Tim Olmsted
    (45 minutes)
  • Prerecorded Q&A with Pema
    (2 hours)

Embracing the Unknown Includes . . .

Four audio sessions on the bardo and how it weaves throughout every moment of your life.

Join Pema for an introduction to both The Tibetan Book of the Dead and the concept of the bardo. This part contains:
  • “Welcoming Groundlessness” with Pema (30 minutes)
  • Prerecorded Q&A with Pema(1 hour)

What does it mean to be between life and death, ending and beginning? In this part you’ll discover:

  • “The Bardo of Being” with Tim Olmsted(20 minutes)
  • “Guided Meditation” with Tim Olmsted
    (30 minutes)/span>
  • “Dwelling in the Uncertainty of Life” with Pema
    (20 minutes)
  • “Prerecorded Q&A” with Pema (1 hour, 30 minutes)
Why should you dwell upon and within liminal places? Find the natural ease of “the between” in:
  • “Finding Peace in the Bardo, Part I” with Tim Olmsted (30 minutes)
  • “Finding Peace in the Bardo, Part II” with Tim Olmsted (1 hour)
  • “Finding Peace in the Bardo, Part III” with Tim Olmsted (30 minutes)
Yes, there is great power in the bardo—but what does that mean for your daily life? In this final session, you will experience:
  • “The Future Is the Present” with Tim Olmsted (45 minutes)
  • Prerecorded Q&A with Pema (2 hours)

What Pema's Students Are Saying . . .

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"I have never ever tired listening to dear Pema. She feels like an old friend! Love her humor, her calming presence, her down to earth way of transmitting wisdom and her ability to make us feel OK with the way we are as we make our way on this incredible journey."
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"One thing you can always depend on with any teaching by Pema is honest, thought-provoking insight."
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"I find ALL of Pema Chodron's work to be insightful. Her compassion and humanity come across especially well in this format. Her work is worth listening to again and again over time. As I grow and change, I relate to more and more."

What You'll Receive

Nine Hours of Video Training
Across four major parts, both Pema and her assistant meditation instructor, Tim Olmsted, will guide you on a journey beyond death and into the heart of the bardo.
Lifetime Access
For as long as you have an internet connection, you can access this course at any time and in any place you need it.

PLUS!
Enroll Now and Receive These Bonuses . . .

Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead

Dr. Robert Thurman, considered one of greatest scholars of Buddhist thought in the West, presents a downloadable audio that illuminates the Book of the Dead.

Walking the Walk: Putting the
Teachings into Practice When It
Matters Most

In this downloadable audio presentation, Ani Pema details how to cross the gulf between spiritual theory and everyday application of those principles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Embracing the Unknown is not intended to be a complete introduction to Buddhist thought, and as such we recommend that you at least know the basics of this belief system. That said, this course also contains straightforward instruction about the bardo, the Book of the Dead, and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy that even a layman can understand and appreciate.

Even if you’ve read modern translations of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Pema and Tim’s thoughts on this seminal text are both subtle and applicable in daily life. While Embracing the Unknown does explore the Book of the Dead in detail, the purpose of the course is primarily to discover the power and wisdom of in-between places and moments

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