Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics)

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Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are"—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 only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and ...
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Overview

Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are"—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 only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "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 inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

With insight and humor, the author of The Wisdom of No Escape presents down-to-earth teachings on how we can work with our own suffering as well as with the suffering of others. This is only possible, says the author, if we "start where we are" and embrace the painful aspects of our lives.

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"Pragmatic and to the point, Pema Chödrön cuts to the very heart of practice, right to the tender pink spot we want to cover over and keep safe. In the context of being kind to ourselves, Start Where You Are shows how our greatest asset is our own vulnerability that we so desperately protect. Pema Chödrön guides us to the understanding that, rather than hiding from or resisting the pain of our existence, we can learn to relax with the situation just as it is."— Tantra magazine

"Pema Chödrön uses modern Western idiom and lyrical language to bring to life ancient Buddhist Wisdom. She weaves a poetic tapestry which invites the reader onto a path of compassionate living which is both new and familiar."—Loch Kelly, M. Div., C.S.W.

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American Buddhist nun Chdrn, who was trained in the Tibetan tradition by the late Chgyam Trungpa, provides a book of meditative insights and instructions based on the 59 Tibetan Buddhist slogans for developing compassion, e.g., ``When we find that we are holding back, here is instruction on how to give.'' While some of the slogans depend on Buddhist teaching, many-such as ``be grateful to everyone''-are widely applicable. Chdrn's teachings are supported by personal reflections, clear explanations, and an attention to how one may achieve the goal of compassion. Useful both for Buddhist meditators and those wanting to understand Buddhist spirituality, this is recommended for large public and academic libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570628399
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/21/2001
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 75,563
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Seeking Sanity

    I adore the words of Pema Chodron. She is so down to earth in her delivery you almost forget this is one incredibly wise woman. Reading her books as had a dramatic impact on my perception of myself and the world I live in. I most appreciate the way these books have helped my shift my perspective and curb my reactions to situations and interactions that are out of my control. The pages of this book are food for the soul.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly Recommended - this is a life changing book!

    This is the first book I have read by Pema. I can't say enough about it. It is easy to read, full of information, very inspiring. I am not a Buddhist, and do not intend to become one. I aspire to be a better human being, and this book intends to point you in that direction without pushing or shouting. I have put many of her slogans to good use, and plan to use all of them. I am a better person for it.

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