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Power of Compassion: Stories That Open the Heart, Heal the Soul, and Change the World Paperback – 20 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company (20 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571746293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571746290
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. Losada on 17 July 2010
Format: Paperback
It amazes me when I look at what is out there.. what people are reading - what people are watching... when they could be reading something as wonderful and life changing as this little book. The creator Pamela Bloom, who admits to having been disappointed when Christened with the Buddhist name 'Compassion Dharma Lake' by a Buddhist master - is trying to understand what compassion really is. To do this she has interviewed and gathered together stories and teachings by many great Buddhist teachers including Sogyal Rinpoche and His Holiness The Dalai Lama as well as many others.

The New Testament emplores Christians 'whatever is good, whatever is true - think about these things.' For those of us that seek to put our focus on learning how to be people that can bring love, kindness, compassion and peace to the world by influencing our own hearts - this book makes welcome reading. The greatest teachings are all here and expressed with humility and humour by a wealth of extraordinary contributors.

In reading this book I had to hold back my desire instantly to purchase ten copies as I know so many who will be touched, encouraged, warmed and inspired by what is here. The book even ends with descriptions of how to begin the two great Buddhist meditations - the meditation of loving-kindness and that of tonglen which - if practised with love and patience, as is suggested in the book, have the power to transform all our human relationships - even those which appear beyond hope.

Absolutely wonderful book. As they say in the five star reviews - if you only read one book this year - let it be this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara V on 10 Aug. 2010
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I believe there is little as compelling, or courageous, as a personal story. And this book is an excellent collection of varied stories; achieving a happy balance of depth, simplicity, amazing and sometimes even routine. I did not feel I was being lectured on how to live a more spiritual life, or how to have a better attitude. Yet the individual life-changing experiences shared here are often based on tiny details; slight adjustments that seem entirely possible.
If you are looking for a feel-good, uplifting read then I suggest you pick up this delightful little book. It made me smile; learning more about being compassionate to others has instantly benefitted me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Faith in Action: Taking Buddhism to the Mean Streets and Beyond 1 July 2010
By Van Wallach - Published on
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Pamela Bloom's book surprised me on every page. I knew little about Buddhism before I read it, and now I have a better sense of what the faith involves. Bloom artfully weaves together brief teachings of Buddhist masters such as the Dalai Lama with stories that show faith in action. The book's subtitle barely hints at the gritty quality of many of the stories. They show how Buddhist teachings and concepts helped people survive in life-and-death situations. They range from torture in a Chinese prison to therapy with a violent sex offender to AIDS and coping with Death Row in prison, and Bloom's own response to a confrontation on a New York street, and even dealing with a snappish rescued dog. I learned about the faith of the woman who started Gilda's Club for cancer patients. Through them all, people seek to apply the principles of loving-kindness and forgiveness in daily life. Bloom's own entries, chronicling her experiences as a writer, hospital chaplain, medical patient and spiritual seeker, create a mini-autobiography that shows the concepts applied in different situations in her life. The book also contains meditation exercises so readers can start applying what they learned immediately. Whether serious or lighter in tone (a Buddhist master ponders the concept of going to the beach), the passages all made me stop and think about how I view people and how I might change my thinking. They will stay with me for a long time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Simplicity of magic 15 July 2010
By Iwona Drelich, atrist - Published on
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"The power of compassion" is power in itself, indeed as individual stories open our memory of universal wisdom and healing the heart on its way.
Complexity of obstacles become so simple again as we start to remember of what is really important and what life is all about. No teaching, no guidance, no rules, only someone's unknown story's become our own story as we start to see that in the essence they are all the same in search and capability of love.
This book effortlessly put you into space where we all struggle to be. That's another miracle I find on my path...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I read this all the time to keep in the right frame of mind 29 Jun. 2010
By arco iris azul - Published on
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The short "stories" in this collection are a sweet bouquet of experiences that remind me daily how acting from my heart ALWAYS pays off and some kind of healing is the outcome. These experiences are simple acts of allowing life to show us the way
towards understanding without having to read doctrines or religious books. It can be
so very simple and the connection made is always a resounding "YES".
I have found Pamela Bloom to be an inspired and knowledgeable writer, bringing to
the reader her background in Tibetan Buddhism and as a healer.
This book is to be kept close at hand and picked up and read randomly. All of the
experiences in the collection are short and touching teachings on how compassion has
unraveled a challenge, healed a conflict, or mended the heart and restored health.
I an taking several copies with me to France this summer to give as gifts and can
sincerely recommend it to anyone whose heart is searching for a way to express its
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Simple stories, profound lessons 28 Jun. 2010
By Kevin J. Kelly - Published on
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In The Power of Compassion, Pamela Bloom shares simple stories that teach profound lessons in Compassion. Each is a window of inspiration to the possibility that we can each live lives rich with compassion. The book is an easy and entertaining read but it offers food for deep reflection. Each story, like the individual petals on a rose, has its own essence and character, but together they produce a beautiful blossom. The people Bloom highlights include the famous such as the Dali Lama and those who live quiet lives. But the common strand that runs through each story is not greatness of one's notoriety, but the greatness of their hearts. Bloom reminds us that perhaps, the greatest of all lives are those lived from the heart and soul. Letting the Lotus Bloom, the Expression of Soul through Flowers
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Living More Compassionately 6 Jun. 2010
By Gina Lake - Published on
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I loved this book. These are positive and inspiring stories of extraordinary acts of kindness and commitment to goodness, written in a warm and compelling style. Pamela Bloom offers examples of how others have put their compassion into action, which we, too, can follow to be more aligned with Truth and love. Thank you, Pamela, for this contribution, which is bound to increase the love in our hearts and on this earth. Loving in the Moment: Moving from Ego to Essence in Relationships
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