Sunday, October 31, 2010

Autumn and the Practice of Tonglen

The season of Autumn is full of signs of transitions in nature and in all of life. Is it also a time to give thanks for all that has been part of the past spring and summer and also to ask forgiveness for all that gives pain and suffering.

The American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron explains to participants in a retreat, the practice of "Tonglen" which means "taking and sending". Tonglen practice is an aid in transforming difficulties into the path of awakening and compassion for self and others. In "Tonglen" we breathe in suffering and pain and breathe out peace and compassion.

For more information on Tonglen, read "When Things Fall Apart" by Pema Chodron or view the video .