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Start Where You Are

A Guide to Compassionate Living
Narrated by: Joanna Rotte
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are" - embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around 59 traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment."

Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

©2017 Pema Chödrön (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Start where you are is a life changing book

I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it highly to anyone who wants to view life in a loving, inspired way. Pema is both enlightened and enlightening. Great work.

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Start where you are.

Very easy to listen to, wonderful presentation of Lojong, now my favourite Pema Chodron teaching.

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Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant - best book I read in years! Rich charterers and impeccable story 👏👏👏 just brilliant

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Pithy teachings, skilfully presented and beautifully read

Pithy teachings, skilfully presented and beautifully read. I strongly recommend it. Thank you very much

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  • Al
  • 06-03-19

I read this book on repeat

for me, lots of gems and precious nuggets are contained within. so much so that after the first listen through. I now listen at random and repeat when I can. I love the message and the guidance shared within.

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  • Dustin
  • 24-06-19

Best text on Lojong and Lojong

Besides maybe Norman Fisher's work, which I also found amazing. Pair and practice! Listen and repeat!

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  • Nicole Lamontagne
  • 10-08-18

Purely clear explanations

Better than Trungpa. More accessible wording. Helpful personal examples. Loved every minute of listening. Good narrator too.

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  • Natalie Malay
  • 24-10-18

Enjoy listening over and over again!

So much information! I really enjoy listening over and over again! I highly recommend this!

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  • cassie
  • 29-07-20

pema is great and the voice seems to match her

I did like the voice well enough, however she was a little monotonous or boring. maybe someone with a little more enthusiasm for the words could sound better. Pemas book is Fantastic.

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  • Eight Treasures
  • 05-07-20

Rewarding

You won't feel disappointed, and if you do, here are the tools. Start working

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  • Mike M. Javanmard
  • 27-06-20

Counterintuitive

Counterintuitive but seems to work. It surprised me. I hope it is not a passing solution.

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  • Maristela G Abreu
  • 05-05-20

very well written and spoken!

The lines and the examples to meditate upon the reading of the book had a sounding understanding. The writer have soul and a sense of examination throughout the book. The reader voice is very calm clear to receive the pointer of the messages. I really enjoy the entire unfolding of the book.

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  • JFD
  • 22-07-19

woo

I truly dare someone not to benefit from this. an absolutely fantastic must read book

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  • Kay
  • 25-05-19

Repetitive and disagree with some viewpoints

First two chapters were repetitive with the ideas being described. The "let it go" and "lighten up" was annoying to hear. I don't feel like this is a book I'll care to finish.

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  • Harsh S.
  • 26-10-18

good one

a good book to read.. Though the author it's not someone who capture me all the time (with all respect)