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Giveaway: Being Brave Live Stream

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Our friends in the Shambhala International community are preparing to host a retreat in the Bay Area with Sakyong Mipham and Pema Chödrön! We’re delighted to share the event details with you on their behalf.

Drawing on the depths of Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, Being Brave will explore how meditation practice develops a greater sense of interconnectedness, and rouses strength to cultivate enlightened society. How can we apply inner peace and bravery to develop outer compassionate action? Global spiritual wisdom speaks to an inner and outer transformation. When we open our hearts to meet fear with bravery, we can begin to connect with the fundamental practice of compassion and the recognition of our shared humanity.

For a chance to win a ticket to the online live stream of the retreat, leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on the meaning of bravery. We’ll choose three winners at noon EDT on Friday, April 25, 2014! Congratulations to our winners! Thank you all for your comments. Please come back soon for more giveaways.

Get tickets to the live event in Richmond, California here. Register for the online live stream here. Contribute to the scholarship fund to help others attend this retreat here.

169 thoughts on “Giveaway: Being Brave Live Stream

  1. We are given this precious life. We also experience all that comes with being alive: the thoughts and emotions that influence how we are (how we behave) in the world. There have been times in my life when intellectually I know that all is well. But my heart suffers. When, in such moments we can acknowledge that it is alright to feel pain, is bravery to me.

    To know that I can train my mind to be calm and strong, and then to make the effort to quiet the mind, is bravery. To be able to see that all the external pulls, external motivations and external sources of happiness have no power over my inner-peace, but true joy comes from within, is bravery. Then from this knowing, expressing in ways that allow my true inner self to come through all my actions, my words and my thoughts, is a beautiful way of being.

    Thank you for allowing me the chance to contemplate on what bravery means and to open up to developing it further. Peace and Blessings. – Sophia

  2. To me the words being brave bring up a sense of the teachings pema chodron wrote about in the book the wisdom of no escape. I am still learning. The feeling I have is an excitement now having the opportunity to experience simmering of my emotions. This was not always the case, FEAR would have been a better description. I believe it is the willingness to allow the emotions to rise and rest with them that is the the bravery. Each time learning something new about myself and opening my mind up beyond my boundaries.

  3. A single life of bravery changed mine in a most profound way;
    It was the courage of an ancient soul freely open to each and every day;

    It was the compassionate heart of an ancient soul seeing as no one else sees;
    It was the generosity of an ancient soul who shared her own pain with me;

    It was the wisdom of an ancient soul who lived what she believed;
    It was the grace of an ancient soul who blossomed even as she grieved

    It was the bravery of an ancient soul who saw beyond what eyes can see;
    It was the authentic life of an ancient soul who healed me and truly set me free.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. I’m not a professional poet, just one who writes from her heart. Each and every one of us has their own special gift or talent to share with the world. Keep shining, Andy! :)

  4. Being brave is to explore replacing fear with love. Also it is to be open to being present to our lives whether they feel good or feel difficult, worrisome, tedious or boring.

  5. For me, bravery means not taking “the easy way out”; being truthful and taking full responsibility for my choices even when I would rather not.

  6. Being brave is not knowing the outcome and doing/saying something
    anyway, Does not matter if work related, relationship, disciplining
    children, caring for an elderly parent/friend.

  7. The meaning of being brave:

    To consciously cultivate the determination, perseverance toward proactively overcoming all obstacles to develop, practice and choose right thought, right speech, right livelihood, right action, right mindfulness with respect to one’s heart, mind, body, soul and spirit as well as assisting all others toward embracing these practices for themselves….to choose the Spiritual Path is to be brave.

  8. THR MEANING OF BRAVERY IS TO WAKE UP “NEW”each day with a New resolve to
    be present with WHAT IS, AND TO EMBRACE THE BREATH AND TO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE DHARMA AND ONE’S OWN HEART., to cut through the nonsense of the mind and remain confident in one;s basic goodness.

  9. To me, as a meditating psychologist, a bravery I suggest to the people I attempt to guide is to have the fortitude to face and sit with feelings of loneliness, shame, etc. and then give up clinging to the feeling of importance we can delude ourselves into as we pride ourselves on our ability to suffer. (A typically Finnish way of thinking).

  10. Bravery is opening to vulnerability, the true essence of who you are without filters or masks. To be authentic in heart space and emanate this infinite truth.

  11. Bravery is being willing to seek and truth in each moment, no matter what is happening. Facing one’s own shadows and embracing them, Actively sharing your warmth and the wisdom can muster with those around you, who may be in need.

  12. My father was dying, in rather a lot of pain. We discussed death.
    He smiled and said:
    – It is frightening, that’s true. But it is going to be very interesting!

  13. To be brave for me is this journey of letting my child go when the time came… to leave my bleeding heart open to love at the same time all is shut down with so much pain….,to be generous ,connected to life and hope by helping others heal and by building and developing a better healthcare system while having those days of falling apart , feeling just fear and despair..To be brave is to be able to die ,to let go and surrender ..and at the same time to live fully, to dance the dance of life .

  14. Being brave means to have courage to do things and to show up and be seen, authentically, warts and all, even if it scares the living day lights out of you.

  15. I’m tremendously grateful for Pema’s teachings and by extension the teachings of her teachers, and how technology is giving us the opportunity to learn from them as well.

    My understanding of bravery at this moment is the willingness to step up to the safu of my life, facing it all, being receptive to the wisdom, clarity and love in playing with a beginner’s mind.

  16. Bravery is the ability to go forth through thick and thin…..to climb the highest mountains ….one step of courage at a time…to open your heart to others regardless of the possibility of rejection…to always stretch your boundaries …… Being compassionate in a modern world of materialism…taking the time to pause and smell the flowers….and spread that inner joy to others…..

  17. Bravery is continuing to open even in the face of great inner resistance. To open even to the resistance. Trusting this opening even if it seems very small at first. To remember this IS what I want, not the old painful and boring habitual patterns.

  18. Being Brave is accepting and exploring all that life has to offer. Being Brave is staying. Being Brave is to simply ‘be.’

  19. Bravery is admitting the reality and then knowing what’s true. Allowing the reaction and proceeding forward wherever that brings you.

  20. Bravery is not a feeling. It is an action — if you count staying as an action.
    Whatever you are feeling while taking the action (even if it is staying put) is what true bravery allows you to inhabit,acknowledge and disperse like an ink drop in water — black at first and then the most beautiful pale blue… bravery is what lets you stay until the black becomes beautiful indigo blue…

  21. Bravery=Presence
    …sitting quietly with a hospice patient or wise mentor or the beloved dog who is taking her final in-breath and simply bearing witness…
    …four days and four nights fasting alone with no shelter in the wilderness desert of Death Valley…
    …listening to remote villagers in a war-torn country tell their stories of the genocide…
    …feeling the nausea rise to my mouth when a loved one receives the cancer diagnosis…
    These are really moments I’ve experienced.

    Bravery is synonymous with courage. It doesn’t mean not being afraid; it means being afraid and being present anyway. Bravery asks, too, that I become and abide in presence
    with my own fear, outrage, loneliness, despair, confusion and not need to act or behave or do anything but notice.
    Bravery calls us to open our hearts tenderly to whatever is ( – the root of “courage” comes from coeur/heart – ). Simply that. Simple but not easy.

  22. Putting one foot in front of another in the direction of something you fear…which is all the greater when this action is for the benefit of another.

  23. reading all these thoughts and feelings is really lovely. we are all saying the same thing and so i guess bravery is about bearing sometimes distance and aloneness in hope that one day our truths will become common currency. xxxx

  24. Bravery is getting through a whole day being aware of the thousand things that matter and coming to the end of the day feeling good about how well you did.

  25. Bravery is not being without afflictions and fear; it’s about acting in the way you aspire to be – even though it means feeling the consequences of giving up your safety net behaviour, even though it means loosing control and sometimes getting it very wrong, even though every cell in your body says no; you still do.

  26. Bravery is learning how to understand life when the going gets tough.It’s going into the pain in my heart and soul first thing in the morning to get to know it to get some relief.

  27. Bravery is choosing YOU. A commitment to yourself that you will love and respect yourself so much that you will dare to be your true self. In this moment. And this moment. And this one.

    Ironically, we often choose other people over ourselves. Fear tells us to pretend to be nicer, smarter, more forgiving and more confident than we really are.

    Bravery is allowing yourself the opportunity to be 100% authentic. Your primary focus shifts from what other people may think/say/do, to whether you are at peace with YOURSELF in this moment. And this moment. And this one.

    It does not matter whether you achieve 25% or 100% authenticity. Bravery is in the trying, not the result. Try. Be brave. Choose yourself. =)

  28. It has everything to do with being present and honest with yourself. Having the courage that comes from a heart that is open. It is about taking a risk and diving into the river of life. By letting go one becomes brave.

  29. Bravery is holding space for it all – joy, pain and everything in between; and settling into my life exactly as it is.

  30. Bravery is picking yourself up and gaining your strength back – and to the points beyond that – for reasons you may not yet know when tragedy has found you, simply because your soul knows it’s not ready to leave you. All thoughts and questions are entertained. Time consumes you. But somehow, one day, you realize you are on the other side again – and moving forward. It is at this point the realization sets in that you have a story that is to be shared. Your reward for battle is self illumination. Your reward is service to others.

  31. I’ve been asking myself for three years if I was brave or cowardly when I decided to leave a Buddhist layman’s organization which was originally founded by a 12th century Buddhist priest/prophet named Nichiren Daishonin and in which the layman’s organization split from in 1990. Without going into detail about what happened, in a leader’s meeting which I attended, a senior leader said something which I felt showed no compassion or loving-kindness. I left the meeting, submitted my leadership resignation, and haven’t attended a meeting since. Should I have said something to this leader? Would it have done any good? I’m still struggling with this as I attend meetings with another Buddhist sangha – which is really strange considering Nichiren said that all other forms of Buddhist are false.

  32. Being brave is being compassionate towards yourself and others over and over again. Being brave is leaning to face life and whatever is happening with compassion and an open heart.
    Being brave is to practice removing the armour, to become familiar with the vulnerability that lies underneath it, to become comfortable with uncomfortableness instead of hiding away. Bravery is a special kind of, more active, compassion and is very much needed in the world today.

  33. Bravery….showing up…when you don’t want to…staying put…when you are afraid to….having compassion….when you just want to be angry instead – and stomp your feet.

  34. Being brave is looking inward.
    Being brave is to feel fully what you find there.
    Being brave is to take what you find and feel there, and expose it.
    Being brave is to live it….honestly, gently, fully.

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