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Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics) [Paperback]

Pema Chodron
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21 Aug 2001 Shambhala Classics
Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are"—embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment."

Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; New Ed edition (21 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570628394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570628399
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘As one of Pema Chodron’s grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart.’
Alice Walker

‘Pema’s deep experience and her fresh way of looking at things are like mountain water – clear and deep.’
Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

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About the Author

Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist nun and one of the foremost students of Chogyam Trungpa, the renowned Tibetan meditation master. She is the author of ‘The Wisdom of No Escape,’ ‘Start Where You Are,’ and the best-selling ‘When Things Fall Apart.’ She is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastry in North America established for Westerners.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific way to restart your life 9 Dec 1996
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book changed many of my perspectives on life. Ms. Chodron teaches a simple method to handle daily up and downs along with the really tough situations. If you've always been waiting for everything to be just right before starting a spiritual practice/meditation, etc, but have never gotten to that perfect place, this is the book for you.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming 10 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
Pema has done it again! She manages to write about the spiritual path and buddhist teachings with such simplicity and earthiness. This is not detached in any way. A moving book that teaches us all about ourselves and that nothing is forbidden, we are simply human beings moving through our life together. If you are on the path to discover who you really are then this is a book you should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lojon Training in Compassion 16 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Pema Chodron is well known in buddhist circles, or even those interested in self development in general, as a prominent spritual teacher who can articulate the ideas of eastern mysticism in a way western people can easily understand. This book is devoted to the slogans used in the seven point training of the mind also known as the lojon training of the mind in compassion. The advice she offers seems very simple and yet is critical to opening our hearts and minds in acceptance of ourselves and others. She suggests things are not as solid as they seem we shouldn't expect things to be certain and it is in this uncertainty or groundlessness that we can really learn about ourselves and the world. We spend so much time protecting the soft spot beneath our armour that we end up rejecting exactly those experiences that help us grow and that ultimately make us happy in a lasting stable way.

I would strongly reccomend anyone interested in their spiritual development or who would like to become just a little more contented to read this book. Anyone who likes this book might also like to read "When things fall apart" by the same author
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review 10 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
Another well-written book from this author.... This one specifically has more references to Buddhist meditation practice and 'slogans', but with a very open and readable approach. She takes apart some otherwise abstract concepts and brings them to earth in a human and practical way. This book would be good for anyone curious about how spiritual practice can be part of everyday life or someone who has learnt Shamatha practice and would like to refine it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Chodron's book was such a fresh breath! While most books are giving us the top ten reasons why we should deny, hide or get rid of our not-so-good feelings and emotions, she suggests that we start right there and breathe them in. She points out that as our feelings are shared simultaneously with millions of others, we are never alone. This is so obvious, but the point is rarely made.
Chodron teaches us that the self-improvement market can join the human experience! We are worthy as is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By 99rahcz
Format:Kindle Edition
Chodron's writing is perfectly balanced, with a warm, compassionate feel to it. Without ever being judgemental or didactic, she gently encourages you to realise the nature of life, to shift your focus away from the past and the future, to accept and relax into the present moment and to focus on others rather than yourself. Whilst some Buddhist terminology is used, the messages are nonetheless clear. It's a beautiful work; subtle, yet immensely powerful in its message and teachings. I am truly grateful to have found this book and can't recommend it highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars start where you are 27 Nov 2010
By joe
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Like reading this very much.Pema writes about how all that is tough in your life can turn you round to loving yourself and by extension others. All done with warmth and humour.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous simplicity and clarity 30 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Pema Chodron is a wonderful teacher, who shares time honored techniques of breathing in suffering and anger and breathing out compassion and love in a way that is so guileless and disarming that it is almost guaranteed to touch your heart.
This book works on many levels... I am not a 'serious practitioner,' by any means, but someone who goes to work every day and has to deal with many frustrations and stresses, but this book offers practical methods that help you deal with just these impediments in your life, so that you can be happier, and give more happiness to others.
I also sense that for someone who is more dedicated to making their life centered on spiritual practice, this book is a foundation for such a disciplined path as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Pema Chodron so beautifully explains complex ideas - I love everything she writes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
This book gave me plenty to think about. I don't know much about Buddhism, so it was all rather new to me - and some of the points were difficult to understand fully - but Pema... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J R
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
As someone who has always tried to run away from feeling negative emotions (with bad results!) this book was an eye opener. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss J C Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars classic teachings for the modern reader
This is a beautiful book which teaches how to train the mind to be more purposeful and resilient especially in times of stress and also contains the root text from which the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by ellewasal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview
Really enjoy Pema' s writing, honesty and humility. This is a really good and easily read overview of tonglen practice.
Published 10 months ago by Paul Doughty
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing wisdom.
I didnt find Pema for a while after I started practicing Buddhism but since I have my life and practice have totally transformed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sidney MacHin
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely easy to read and to the point
Pulls no punches about your personal responsibility in dealing with problems in life. Very uplifting and calming.

Loved it.

Andi
Published 10 months ago by Andrea McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Another great book and read by Pema Chodron, very warm and inviting with a very accesible format. Can highly recommend any of Pema's books.
Published 13 months ago by Feeling_charmed
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I think this was down to earth and easy to read compared to The Places that Scare You. I liked this very much: inspiring and calming.
Published 13 months ago by Minna Siikilä
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was very disappointed by this book. I'd expected more from it, and didn't even finish reading it. What a shame
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