This set includes the book Smile at Fear
by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, along with a DVD set of a recorded retreat
with Pema Chödrön, where she shares teachings inspired by the book.
Many of us, without even realizing it, are
dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears—perhaps we
are afraid of public speaking, financial hardship, or losing a loved
one. But in this book meditation master Chögyam Trungpa shows us that
most of us suffer from a far more pervasive form of fear: the fear of
ourselves. We feel ashamed and embarrassed to look at our feelings or
acknowledge our styles of thinking and behaving; we don’t want to face
the reality of our moment-to-moment experience. It is this fear that
keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering, despair, and distress.
Trungpa offers us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate
bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being.
Drawing on the Shambhala tradition and on Buddhist teachings, he
explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces
each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. “The ultimate
definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are,” writes
In this 147-page paperback book, in language that is fresh, accessible, and startlingly direct, Chögyam Trungpa explains:
- how the practice of sitting meditation can help us to uncover our inherent confidence and bravery,
- how fear and embarrassment about ourselves keep us trapped in cycles of suffering,
- the wisdom of loving-kindness and nonaggression,
- how true invincibility depends on becoming more open and vulnerable.
Here are the essential insights and strategies that will allow us to finally claim victory over fear.