When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
By Pema Chodron
(Shambhala, Mass Market Paperback, 9781590302262, 208pp.)
Publication Date: January 11, 2005
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There is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it—ironically, while we are caught up in attempts to escape pain and suffering. Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chödrön's radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations. There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves moving toward painful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness of our entire situation. It is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible. Included in the book are:
• Ways to use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
• Methods of communicating that lead to openness and true intimacy with others
• Practices for reversing negative habitual patterns
• Techniques for working with chaotic situations
• Tools for cultivating compassionate, energetic social action
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 also the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.
"The advice Chödrön offers is radically different from other self-help prescriptions on the market. This book could serve you for a lifetime."— Natural Health