When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Shambhala Publications, Jan 11, 2005 - Religion - 185 pages
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There is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it—ironically, while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering. Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chödrön's radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations. There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves movingtowardpainful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness of our entire situation. It is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible. Included in the book are:

   •  Ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
   •  Methods of communicating that lead to openness and true intimacy with others
   •  Practices for reversing negative habitual patterns
   •  Techniques for working with chaotic situations
   •  Tools for cultivating compassionate, energetic social action
 

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Library)

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Pema Chodron, a student of Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche and Abbot of Gampo Abbey, has written the Tibetan Buddhist equivalent of Harold Kushner's famous book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. As the ... Read full review

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An American Buddhist nun and author (Start Where You Are, LJ 6/1/94), Chodron here passes on the teachings of the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, advising a loving kindness toward oneself and ... Read full review

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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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