First Sundays: Study of “The Places That Scare You” by Pema Chödrön

with Deborah Hoskins

February 3rd

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    Life throws us curve balls. How do we act with sanity and kindness? Do we typically react habitually and make things more difficult? Each moment we can choose how we are going to proceed. Pema Chödrön’s book “The Places That Scare You” offers advice and teachings that can support us in moving through our life with discernment and compassion.

    On the first Sunday of each month, come join us as we delve into Pema Chödrön’s The Places That Scare You and the wisdom it offers us in these difficult times. We will be using “Hearing, Contemplation, and Mediating” to deepen our understanding and experience as we explore her teachings using a ‘book study’ format.

    The morning consists of meditation, contemplations, tea, and conversation. This is followed by a shared reading aloud of our current chapter with lively discussions. Senior teacher Deborah Hoskins will facilitate.

    Please join us from 9:30 am to noon.

    Each Sunday will be a stand-alone study, however, we would love to see you for each First Sunday as this would enrich us all. There is no charge but donations are always appreciated and help us provide a meditation space for the community.


    From the book jacket of Pema Chödrön's, The Places That Scare You:

    “We always have a choice Pema Chodron teaches. We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema Chödrön provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws our way.  This wisdom is always available to us, she teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear.  Beyond that fear lies a state of openheartedness and tenderness.”

    Deborah Hoskins is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has completed numerous solitary and group retreats over the years. Having practiced and studied meditation since the early ‘70s, she enjoys teaching and directing programs that both introduce students to meditation and deepen their understanding of the “view.” Committed to helping others understand their practice, she has been a Shambhala Training Director, Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies teacher and Meditation Instructor since the early ‘90s. While living in Philadelphia she and her husband Steve directed the “How to Meditate” program for 8 years.

    In addition to a commitment to meditation practice and the Dharma, Deborah and her husband have raised a family and run their own business. She enjoys gardening, walking and being curious about the world.