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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition edition (7 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000719062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007190621
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.7 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘‘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.

‘As one of Pema Chödrön’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

‘It is a lively and accessible take on ancient techniques for transforming terror and pain into joy and compassion.’ O, the Oprah Winfrey magazine

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Pema Chödrön 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, The Places that Scare You and the best-selling When Things Fall Apart. She is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners.


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Banks on 10 Sep 2007
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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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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec 1996
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Orlagh O'Brien on 10 Aug 2009
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emer Mullen on 16 Nov 2010
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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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb 1999
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By joe on 27 Nov 2010
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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 By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sidney MacHin on 21 Aug 2013
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I didnt find Pema for a while after I started practicing Buddhism but since I have my life and practice have totally transformed. What makes Pema's teachings in this book and others so profound is that she doesnt tell you to get rid of anything. Unlike a lot of Buddhism that can often describe practice as removing or fixing things within yourself, Shambhala Buddhism (which is taught in this book) starts and finishes with you being perfect just as you are. There is nothing to change. Hence the title "Start Where You are". Her teaching is about connecting with the tenderness beneath all of the suffering, justification and confusion. The tenderness of the heart is something that we all share, without exception. This is why this book will change your life.

I would recommend it to everyone but especially those who seem to struggle with self-doubt or self aversion. I find all Buddhism is basically the same underneath its just some types suit different types of minds.
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