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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition edition (2 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000718350X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007183500
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘It's short, and so beautifully written that the reading is a pleasure – speaks to people of all religious persuasions. The clearsighted practicality of Chödrön's approach to the practice of meditation is a persuasive introduction to its benefits in our daily lives. Her voice is , understanding, gently humorous, always kind and seemingly infinitely wise.’ The LA Times

‘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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We always have a choice, Pema Chodron teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kind.
This title has gone straight onto the bestseller lists in the USA, where it has just been published. Recently profiled in Oprah’s O magazine, Pema Chodron is a spiritual teacher for anyone – whether they have a spiritual path or not. Her heartfelt advice and wisdom (developed in her 20 years of practice as a Tibetan Buddhist nun as well as her years previously as a normal ‘housewife and mother’) give her a wide appeal. Particularly in these difficult times, this advice strikes just the right note, offering us comfort and challenging us to live deeply and contribute to creating a more loving world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Rabab on 26 May 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book provides a gentle introduction into some of the basic practices within the Buddhist school of thought.

Some of the practices that were presented included Meditation, Slogans of Atisha, Tonglen and the Four Limitless Qualities (Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity).

The practices aim to present an alternative ways of dealing with common emotions and feeling that we encounter in our daily life. The practices are presented as a way of helping us break away from the self destructive patterns of behaviours and attitudes that we have accumulated and were forced to pick up along the way in our lives. The key ideas in the book revolve around the opening of both the mind and heart to all the emotions that we experience and the situations we find ourselves in.

This was my first book on this subject, and as such I found it a little of a challenge to follow some of the concepts that were presented in the book, and my only minor criticism is the lack of sufficient examples that could have been used to illustrate some of the points that were being made.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By joyousdevotion on 25 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
I had read a few books by connected authors on this theme, which is very dear to my heart as I have found these practices and teachings so very very useful and liberating. So I bought this book as a present for my partner as it is small, and seemed to cover a whole range of themes very nicely.
Now, more and more, I find myself dipping into it myself, again and again. Pema Chodron seems to have distilled all the most essential Teachings of Buddhism into this little book, in a way that is so very approachable, practical and useable.
This is a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book. I can't recommend it enough. What an amazing, beautiful, free and loving society we might have in the future if lots of people really bring these Teachings into their lives. Please read it, then give a copy to a friend...
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By DundonianGal on 14 Jan. 2011
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Anyone who has reached a place in their life where they have come to a crossroads would benefit from the insights in this excellent inspiration by Pema Chodron. She leads you on a spiritual journey, mainly addressing the ability to step back from your fears and guide your mind into a healthier state of wellbeing. All her teachings in this book is not something you could do overnight. Some exercises she suggests can be worked on immediately, others take time, and some others could take a lifetime of mental discipline/mindfulness. Of course, it's all very personal and individual. This book inspires the reader to dig deeper into her other works and books. Very positively, I could see it reaches places that many other books have only scratched the surface. Well worth the money and a good read. Well done Pema Chodron. Highly recommended. Hope this review helps other readers who may be wondering whether this book is for them. Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avatar Gyatso on 10 Sept. 2013
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This book made me feel raw and uncomfortable at times - being like a mirror, reflecting back elements of my 'self' that aren't noble or particularly nice. But, she counters that with honest, direct and compassionate advice to a) ease up on yourself, b) it doesn't really matter, and c) attactching to negative self-references is not the point. Not particularly academic, but then that's just what you need for realistic, day-to-day guidance that can be put to use in your daily doings. Simple, potent and useful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "elisabeth1580" on 1 Nov. 2003
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This book is very helpful when you have to deal with fear. It shows a way how to accept your fears, how not to harden against the challanges in your life and not to get overwhelmed by them. It is cowardice what makes you build up an armour, but courage allows you to stay vulnerable. Pema Chodron does not only advocate this philosophy but offers practical tools how to put it into practice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Feeling_charmed on 8 Jun. 2013
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Pema's writing is warm, inviting and helpful. This book really helped me just relax and drop the storey line and if you take nothing else dropping the storey line in your head will help!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Banks on 10 Sept. 2007
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Pema writes with such insight and compassion that you can feel the warmth from her seeping through every page. Inspiring reading and this book certainly made me look at myself in a completely new light. This is a book that once you have read, you can keep dipping into when things get tough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy J. L. Soska on 17 Jun. 2010
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the beauty, clarity and simplicity of her writing make this an effortless read. a refreshing change from lexically weighty promises of limitless bliss. this book is accessible, practical and well worth reading.
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