Practicing Peace in Times of War

By Pema Chodron; Sandy Boucher
(Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590305003, 105pp.)

Publication Date: September 11, 2007

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With war and violence flaring all over the world, many of us are left feeling vulnerable and utterly helpless. In this book Pema Chodron draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression, hatred, and war, explaining that they lie nowhere but within our own hearts and minds. She goes on to explain that the way in which we as individuals respond to challenges in our everyday lives can either perpetuate a culture of violence or create a new culture of compassion.
"War and peace begin in the hearts of individuals," declares Pema Chodron at the opening of this inspiring and accessible book. She goes on to offer practical techniques any of us can use to work for peace in our own lives, at the level of our habits of thought and action. It's never too late, she tells us, to look within and discover a new way of living and transform not only our personal lives but our whole world.



About the Author
Pema Chodron_ is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many spiritual classics, including When Things Fall Apart (Shambhala, 2002), The Places that Scare You (Shambhala, 2004), and Taking the Leap (Shambhala, 2009). She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul and the late Chogyam Trungpa. See pemachodronfoundation.org.

Sandy Boucher, writer/teacher/consultant, participated wholeheartedly in the Women's Liberation and antinuclear movements. Twenty-five years ago she entered upon a Buddhist path and soon became a spokesperson for Buddhist women in America, as well as a teacher and meditation retreat leader. In 2006, she was named an "Outstanding Woman in Buddhism" at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand. Author of eight books and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in Literature, she earned a Masters degree in the History and Phenomenology of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has traveled widely in Asia, and spent a period as a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka. She has been pursuing her Vipassana meditation practice for 25 years, and has been teaching writing and meditation almost as long. She serves as a contributing editor to Persimmon Tree, an online literary magaazine by women over sixty. Most recently, she published a book about the Theravada Buddhist pioneer teacher Ruth Denison, called Dancing in the Dharma.


Praise For Practicing Peace in Times of War

“A solid reinforcement on how to stop the reflexive and habitual emotional reaction to perceived hostility through patience, pausing, and breathing. It’s not easy, but it is simple.”—Publishers Weekly

“In her timely new book, Pema Chödrön offers her insights on the origins of world conflict. Anger originates in our own hearts, she asserts, not on the battlefield. Only by checking our aggression on a personal level can we hope to sow the seeds of peace.”—Body & Soul 



"Pema Chödrön's writings have been helpful to countless people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world."—Bill Moyers

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