Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change [NOOK Book]

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We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be ...
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Overview

We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the “Three Commitments”—provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support.
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The latest book from Buddhist teacher/author Pema Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart; Don't Bite the Hook) encourages us in these uncertain times to live with uncertainty and not fear our fear.

Publishers Weekly
With her characteristic clarity, Buddhist nun Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart) once again explores how Buddhist ideas can help individuals live joyful lives. Her framework is three traditional vows: refrain from harm, take care of others, and accept the world as it is. Commitment to these principles, she argues, can address the "fundamental ambiguity of being human" which includes fear of change and an unknown future. Drawing in particular from the wisdom of her teacher, the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the American-born nun and popular writer shows how the "real cause of suffering is not being able to tolerate uncertainty," with the resulting struggle to cling to a "fixed identity." Strategies to address impermanence and the fear it causes include refraining from acting on negative emotions; practicing compassion; and fully acknowledging the experience of the present moment, however painful. The text, adapted from talks, includes brief practices. Chödrön's strength is her ability to communicate to a general audience that people are essentially good, that they can be free from fear, and that they can always try again when they fail. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834828131
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 70,595
  • File size: 316 KB

Meet the Author

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

The Overview

1 The Fundamental Ambiguity of Being Human 3

2 Life without the Story Line 15

The First Commitment: Committing to Not Cause Harm

3 Laying the Foundation 25

4 Be Fully Present, Feel Your Heart, and Leap 41

5 Staying in the Middle 51

The Second Commitment: Committing to Take Care of One Another

6 Beyond Our Comfort Zone 65

7 Breathing in Pain, Breathing Our Relief 79

8 The Catalyst for Compassion 89

The Third Commitment: Committing to Embrace the World Just as it is

9 Nowhere to Hide 101

10 Awakening in the Channel Ground 117

Concluding Words

11 We are Needed 133

Acknowledgments 140

Related Readings 141

Books and Audio Pema Chödrön 143

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