Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change

by Pema Chodron


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611800760
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 48,513
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. She is the author of numerous best-selling books, including When Things Fall Apart, Start Where You Are, and The Wisdom of No Escape.

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Groundlessness, uncertainty, insecurity, vulnerability—these are words that ordinarily carry a negative connotation. We’re generally wary of these feelings and try to elude them in any way possible. But groundlessness isn’t something we need to avoid. The same feeling we find so troubling when we open to it can be experienced as a huge relief, as freedom from all restraints. It can be experienced as a mind so unbiased and relaxed that we feel expansive and joyful.”
—from Living Beautifully

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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