The Places That Scare You
A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
By Pema Chodron
(Shambhala, Mass Market Paperback, 9781590304495, 208pp.)
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
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We always have a choice, Pema Chödrön teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws our way. This wisdom is always available to us, she teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear. Beyond that fear lies a state of openheartedness and tenderness. This book teaches us how to awaken our basic goodness and connect with others, to accept ourselves and others complete with faults and imperfections, and to stay in the present moment by seeing through the strategies of ego that cause us to resist life as it is.
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.
"Chödrön has once again proven herself to be one of the very best working in the crowded field."—Library Journal
"So beautifully written that the reading is a pleasure—speaks to people of all religious persuasions."—Los Angeles Times
<p class="MsoNormal">“A lively and accessible take on ancient techniques for transforming terror and pain into joy and compassion.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
"Demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives."—Publishers Weekly