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The Wisdom of No Escape: and the Path of Loving-kindness: And the Path of Loving-kindness [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Pema Chodron
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1 Oct 2008
Pema Chodron's first and most accessible book, "The Wisdom of No Escape", teaches about the importance of saying yes to life in all its manifestations. By embracing the happiness and suffering, intelligence and confusion that are a natural part of our existence, we can begin to discover a wellspring of courage and love within our hearts. In short chapters with titles such as "Taking a Bigger Perspective", "Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose", and "Joy", Pema Chodron presents traditional Buddhist wisdom that everyone can relate to.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Shambhala Audio; Unabridged edition (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 14.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,488 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

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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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The Wisdom of No Escape was my first introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. I found it by chance at a time of my life when it had become ludicrously clear that there was NO escape from human frailty. It makes one feel much better about that fact.

Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous 4 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Marvelous book. Very well written, you feel like the author was there with you, talking to you. It all sounds so truthful, like you always knew, yet how come we chose the opposite? There's no escape , unless you want to keep dying day after day. Let's wake up. It's worth it, and this book is a good start. It was for me. Probably the best I've read of all so-called "self-help" books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Compassionate Read 10 Mar 2008
By Adam
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I have to admit that I am a bit of a fan of Pema Chodron, having heard her audiobooks "How to Meditate", "Pure Meditation" and "True Happiness". I like her down-to-earth, yet wise and compassionate style. This is the first book I have read of Pema's and it is beautiful. It took me a while to get into it, and I enjoyed the last 7 chapters the most especially the "Sending & Taking" chapter on Tonglen practice, the chapter called "Not preferring Samsara to Nirvana" which spoke a little about ego involvement, and finally the chapter "Sticking to One Boat" which has inspired me to buy Trungpa's "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism". 10 years before coming across Pema's beautiful teachings I got involved with A.Cohen's ego-inflated,neurotic nonsense and it seriously put me off all spiritual paths for a very long time. Pema Chodron is a breath of fresh, spring air.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a just a transcript of one of her retreats 11 April 2012
By Elise
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I buy quite a lot of self help books and CDs and have been getting a little annoyed at how many CDs are just recordings of the author's last conference or seminar. A lazy way of making money, I feel. I've bought 2 of Pema Chodron's CDs and found them quite good, despite being recordings of her seminars. I thought I'd try this book, but it is literally a transcript of one of her retreats. They haven't even tried to edit it to make it easier to read, somebody has literally just typed out every word she said. This means the book is not well written and not easy to read. I'd rather listen to the CDs - at least I can hear her intonation and makes sense of what she said. Lazy authors!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pema writes good books...... 16 April 2014
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Sometimes it seems that Pema (as well as other buddhist writers) is writing the same book with a different slant each time. However, if you need to read Pema Chodron you need to read Pema Chodron. Its good but I have my Pema favourites. My review means not much other than I like her books. Do try at least one!
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