Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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by Pema Chodron
     
 

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This is a beautiful, gift book edition (with a ribbon marker) of a modern-day classic. Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön, author of The Wisdom of No Escape and When Things Fall Apart, presents down-to-earth guidance

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This is a beautiful, gift book edition (with a ribbon marker) of a modern-day classic. Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön, author of The Wisdom of No Escape and When Things Fall Apart, presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others. The author shows how we can "start where we are" by 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 a joyful state of mind"
   •  "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness"
   •  "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 own inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

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"Gives down-to-earth instructions for walking the Buddhist talk of compassion."—Shambhala Sun

"As one of Pema Chödrön's grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart."—Alice Walker

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590301425
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/09/2004
Series:
Shambhala Library
Pages:
221
Sales rank:
558,253
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.85(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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Start Where You Are 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ShirleyJean More than 1 year ago
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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