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Clear explanations on tonglen and tenderness of heart alone are already good enough justifications for reading this book!
on 22 July 2017
While I am a Zen practitioner, there is a lot to learn from the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, especially in their emphasis on compassion. On that front, Zen can come across as rather severe at times, and a practitioner can end up with the so-called 'Zen stink' if she is not careful. Pema Chodron's lucid explanations on Tonglen and the importance of recognising the tender heart in this book alone, for me, are already enough to justify reading the book.
I think people with some experience of meditation will benefit more from this book. This book is certainly not a meditation manual, and without some familiarity from the meditative experience of what it means to really 'be in one's own skin', one may find it a little difficult to translate the wisdom in this book into daily life - an emphasis that the author herself frequently makes in the book.