Start where You are: A Guide to Compassionate Living
This is a beautiful, gift book edition (with a ribbon marker) of a modern-day classic. Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön, author of The Wisdom of No Escape and When Things Fall Apart, presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others. The author shows how we can "start where we are" by 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 a joyful state of mind"
* "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness"
* "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 own inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cindywho - LibraryThing
I would have had a difficult time with this book if I had not been meditating and reading up on the subject for a while. It seems to have been derived from a series of talks on mind training "lojong ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jasoncomely - LibraryThing
Don't let my three (and a half) star rating dissuade you from reading this. It's substantial, and I think it will help people. There was however an off-the-cuff remark about eating hotdogs or hamburgers for lunch that I found inconsistent with compassionate living, so I docked a star off. Read full review
No Escape No Problem
No Big Deal
Pulling Out the Rug
Let the World Speak for Itself
Poison as Medicine
Start Where You Are
Bringing All That We Meet to the Path
Drive All Blames into One
Abandon Any Hope of Fruition
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Actions
Communication from the Heart
The Big Squeeze