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Summary

Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth, and makes for a perfect addition to one's spiritual library.

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart - when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

©2017 Pema Chödrön (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Joy
  • 12-01-18

Not the right narrator

I listened to Pema for the first time on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. I was so intrigued by her and her story. I immediately related to her struggles through her relationships and decided to get her book. Her tone is so warm and sincere. That is originally part of what drew me in. When selecting reads that I am connected to on a spiritual and personal level, I’m hoping the voice reading back to me is easily relatable. I didn’t feel this was the right narrator for this story. Her voice didn’t connect with me.

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  • Rianto Bong
  • 15-02-18

my great gratitude

Im grateful and thankful to Pema, this is a book to help me relate to great teaching of buddha.
sadhu sadhu sadhu..

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  • Justine Laliberte
  • 11-04-18

amazing read.

this book is a great tool to change your perception pf any situation, master your mood and be kinder to others. Really refreshing and non judgemental or full of BS.

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  • Mia
  • 07-03-18

Heavy must

I would not recommend it in the start of a crisis because it’s hardcore and very true to the Buddha’s teaching. For a crisis I recommend “True refuge” by Tara Brach. This book is perfect when you have gotten a little less crushed.

I was thirteen when this book came out, due to reduced vision I prayed for an audio edition. I pre-ordered. and in some periods I listened to one essay. The last week I have used this as a retreat.

Everyone should listen in, you might need to listen over and over but it will soften your soul because it is the way of the Dharma in any form. Cassandra Campbell has the perfect velvet-voice for this classic.

Om mani padme hung(hung in Pali, hum in Sanskrit.)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-18

wonderful book

wonderful book as usual from Pema Chodron. simple and touching
great reading performance. I highly recommend

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  • Maupassant
  • 25-02-18

A little heavy on Buddhist doctrine

Overall good advice, but too much Buddhist doctrine & terminology. Some timeless advice, but I wouldn’t listen again as I would need to weed through the jargon.

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  • deborah rodriguez
  • 10-08-18

this book made me cry

its truly an amazing experience to read this. I am Christian and even though my beliefs of Jesus Christ are here, I could understand and appreciate this teachings of being a human and doing no harm to people and understand the true nature of ourselves.

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  • Anthony Mcnaught
  • 05-08-18

finally, Chodron on Audible!

I have always found this a lucid and helpful work and was happy it found its way here at last.
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  • A. Lauper
  • 29-07-18

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Calm voice and easy listening book. The book had good tips but I felt that after reading there was someone missing. Don’t ask me what it was but I felt a hollow space from reading the book. I do not believe this as being the desired outcome sought.

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  • Danielle Burr
  • 25-07-18

Pain withholds the gift of enlightenment

This book put into full bloom the seeds of the wisdom pain has brought me. I highly recommend this book to anyone ready to take an honest, open look at themselves and their circumstances. I read this book a year after my circumstances completely fell apart. I’m not sure if I would’ve been quite ready for these words right after the trauma, but I think this book (like everything in life) presented itself at exactly the right time for me. If you’re reading this review, then perhaps it’s the right time for you too.