The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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Shambhala Publications, 2007 - Religion - 187 pages
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We always have a choice, Pema Ch dr n 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 kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws our way. This wisdom is always available to us, she teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear. Beyond that fear lies a state of openheartedness and tenderness. This book teaches us how to awaken our basic goodness and connect with others, to accept ourselves and others complete with faults and imperfections, and to stay in the present moment by seeing through the strategies of ego that cause us to resist life as it is.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The Excellence of Bodhichitta
Tapping Into the Spring
The Facts of Life
Learning to Stay
Warrior Slogans
Four Limitless Qualities
Finding the Ability to Rejoice
Enhancing the Training in
Thinking Bigger
Meeting the Enemy
Fresh Start
Strength
Three Kinds of Laziness
Bodhisattva Activity

LovingKindness
Compassion
Tonglen
Groundlessness
Heightened Neurosis
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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa, the renowned Tibetan meditation master. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of several books including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You.

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