Smile at Fear: The Wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa on Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

An Ocean of Dharma Forum Presented by Shambhala Publications, Moderated by Carolyn Gimian

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When you are frightened by something, you have to relate with fear, explore why you are frightened, and develop some sense of conviction. You can actually look at fear. Then fear ceases to be the dominant situation that is going to defeat you. Fear can be conquered. You can be free from fear, if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear, and therefore you can attain what is known as fearlessness. But that requires that, when you see fear, you smile.—Chögyam Trungpa Join Carolyn Gimian, editor of Smile at Fear, live at 7 pm ET on Wed, April 17, for an insightful conversation about working with fear and anxiety. The discussion will focus on teachings by Chögyam Trungpa from the best-selling book Smile at Fear. Carolyn will present quotes by Trungpa on fear and fearlessness, and on learning to “smile at fear” rather than to be overwhelmed by it. The audience will be invited to comment on the quotes and to talk personally about working with fear and anxiety. Chögyam Trungpa was a pioneer in bringing the practice and study of Buddhism to North America in the 1970s and ‘80s. He died in 1987, but he continues to be a best-selling author, with new books appearing almost every year through the dedicated work of his editors and archivists. Carolyn Gimian is a senior editor of Chögyam Trungpa’s work, as well as a meditation teacher. She has been presenting the wisdom of Chögyam Trungpa for the last ten years through the Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week, an e-mail service that delivers teachings twice a week to subscribers. She has also taught the Smile at Fear material with Pema Chödrön at Omega Institute and in California to an audience of thousands. For an early start at contemplating this material, you can click here to read the first two chapters of Smile at Fear. You can also go here to sign up for Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week.

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