When Things Fall Apart (Mass Market Paperback)

Heart Advice for Difficult Times

By Pema Chodron

Shambhala, 9781590302262, 208pp.

Publication Date: January 11, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/17/2002)
Paperback (9/26/2000)
Hardcover (12/1/1996)
Paperback (10/1/2007)

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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

Praise For When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

"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