Pema Chödrön's video class: Living with Vulnerability: A Training in Making Friends with Your Mind

with Acharya Pema Chödron

July 12th—August 2nd (2018)

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  • $80 Program Price
  • $100 Patron Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Please Register below for the Full Class of four nights.  If paying the full price is a hardship for you, please see our 'Generosity Policy' below.

If you are unable to attend all four classes, we ask that you come to the Center a little early on the night(s) you are able to attend. The individual class fee is $20. To expedite your registration, please pay by check or exact cash.


Life can be a challenging road to walk -- full of brilliance and light, but also of shadows and darkness.  There are times when our thoughts race, when we feel uncomfortable in our bodies, and unpleasant emotions threaten to take us over. When these feelings of vulnerability surface, we've trained ourselves to resist. We put our guard up and armor our hearts.

But what happens when we begin to lean into our vulnerability, and work within it? We can befriend the one thing that truly causes our suffering: our own minds. What if you could learn to embrace the full spectrum of your experience with unconditional warmth, openness, and kindness? What if you no longer 'hated' being vulnerable and, instead of overwhelming you, your emotions became your teachers? What if you chose gentle acceptance of yourself and others over harsh judgment?

The class will meet four Thursdays at 7:00 PM beginning July 12th.  The skillful facilitators who will be leading the classes include Lida Anne Elliott, Graciela Marin, Sue Shapiro-Holleman and Darlene Velder -- with our Director, Gailmarie Kimmel, coordinating.  Join your friends and teachers for a delightful summer class.

Since there is nothing fundamentally broken in us, since our fundamental state is wide open, unbiased, extremely insightful, aware, and awake. . . In order to relax into that we can't just want pleasure and avoid pain."

—Pema Chödrön

Our Generosity Policy -   In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay as much as you can afford” policy. If you are able, we ask that you pay a minimum of 50% of the program fee in order to cover related program costs.  If you have questions concerning our policy, please contact the Registrar at [email protected]

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price.” Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.