In books such as When Things Fall Apart and Getting Unstuck, popular spiritual teacher Perna Chödrön draws on traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings to help readers approach situations in their lives. In No Time to Lose, she presents an annotated version of a revered 8th-century text by the Indian Buddhist sage Shantideva. This lengthy text and commentary serves as a guidebook for developed bodhichitta, an awakened mind that expresses itself in compassionate action. Though not as accessible as Chödrön's introductory works, this book will be welcomed by serious students of Buddhism.
Popular Buddhist teacher Chodron has a surprise for her many readers and students: textual commentary. Her newest book comments at length on an eighth-century text by the Indian Buddhist sage Shantideva. It's a guidebook for developing bodhichitta, an awakened mind that expresses itself in compassionate action to alleviate suffering. The lengthy text will certainly be unfamiliar to beginners, but Chodron is a wise choice for an escort. She is a clear teacher, explaining key terms (the Sanskrit term klesha, for example, may be translated as neurosis or affliction) and making things simple and characteristically plainspoken ("When we are distracted, we can't remember anything we've studied or read"). She is also the right kind of motivator, telling readers immediately what's in it for them: this book can inspire those who want to make the world a better place. Readers will need a helpful teacher and patience to take up the challenge offered by the long Buddhist text, which has been important in Chodron's own study. It's not a book for beginners or a good introduction to Chodron's own body of accessible work. But for those wanting depth and greater awareness of the Buddhist canon, this book opens a door. (Nov. 8) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
In Mahayana Buddhism, Bodhisattvas are those who vow to achieve personal enlightenment solely for the purpose of eliminating the suffering of all sentient beings before they themselves abandon the painful cycle of death and rebirth. To help guide these seekers on their spiritual paths, the eighth-century Indian sage Shantideva composed the Buddhist text Bodhicaryavatara, or The Way of the Bodhisattva, today considered one of the classics of all religious literature. Ch dr n (The Places That Scare You), an American Buddhist teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, gives general readers as well as serious students an easily understood explication of The Way, quatrain by quatrain. Her warm and elegant instruction omits only Chapter 9 of The Way, as she feels it would require a book of its own (the Dalai Lama has treated this chapter in his Transcendent Wisdom). Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-James R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina at Asheville Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
“No Time to Lose represents the fruition of Chödrön’s years of practice and study: a traditional commentary in which passages from The Way of the Bodhisattva are interspersed with her ever-approachable and pithy instructions for daily life.”—Parabola
“In this ambitious and profound work, Chödrön hits high stride, creating a wide-ranging, accessible, and soul-stirring commentary on the classic Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva.”—Spirituality and Health
“Narrator Joanna Rotté is a student of Buddhism and puts her experience to good use here, capturing crucial nuances of the text and clearly presenting them to listeners. Rotté’s performance projects calm, but possesses enough energy to convey the author’s calls to action, as well as a motherly tone that evokes nurturing and balance.”—Publishers Weekly