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Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    With gentle persuasion Pema Chodran encourages us to galvanize our gumption and move beyond sentimental wishes for a better world. She leads us through the training regimens that will enable us to be the change we want to see.

    She uses plain talk in a provocative manner of sharing profound wisdom. She invites the reader to mindfully look within and around to consider one's impact on the world as it is and whether that is what one intends. She lays the most basic ground work for making new decisions in easily understood guidelines. Small groups of persons would benefit from a chapter by chapter study, grounding, and sharing of experiences and insights over a period of several weeks using this book as a touch stone for transformative and holistic decision making. Yet the content is for each solitary individual to ponder in plotting an intentional living of his/her here-and-now life. Above all her gentle and encouraging manner beckons us to take responsibility for our own life and its ripple effect in the great ocean of humanity. It is a short read that can have long lasting effect.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    Not everyone will find this book appealing and even helpful, because it tells you to find the courage to face your own fears and own up to your own mistakes, flaws and weaknesses. Not many will even dare surrender all their pains, suffering and their 'bad, lesser' side - because we have worked so hard all our lives to hide them and escape from them. In fact, we even developed a cretain skill in blaming others for all the things that have gone wrong in our lives. We have become so good at assigning the responsibility to others but have NEVER TAKEN CONTROL of our lives. I don't know who invented the idea that it is good adn convenient to give up control and blame others so that we do not have to feel so bad. But in the end, we are just running from the truth and ourselves. If we are lucky, we will come to realise that we have not even begun living our lives because we have been so pre-occupied with justifying why we haven't done the things we should have done, said the things we should have said and could have. If you seriously want to continue existing like a hologram with no real life and freedom, if you want to continue hiding and escaping from the truth, then please do not take the leap. Stay far away from this book and live in the prison of your lies. But if you do have the courage to free yourself for good and live the life you deserve, then yes, read this book and please do not stop there. Please do not read it like a philosophy book or as another sleeping aid. We will not be CURED by just buying the book and reading. We need to go all the way and change ourselves, our lives, behaviour and mind set. We need to work at it, diligently, day in and out. Then and only then, lasting results will arise. Then you will thank me for sure and Pema Chodron, of course. If you are feeling really brave, after taking the leap and want to take it to the next level, please read "Gurus for Hire, Enlightenment for Sale" by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche. He might just be the Guru you need.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Classic Pema

    Simply explained. Down to earth delivery. May not appeal to those with extensive knowledge of Buddhist philosophy but still practical.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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