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Much like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a nontheistic spiritualism. In When Things Fall Apart this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues. The key to all of these terms is accepting that in the final analysis, life is groundless. By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. The graceful, conversational tone of Chodron's writing gives the impression of sitting on a pillow across from her, listening to her everyday examples of Buddhist wisdom. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Pema Chodron, a student of Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche and Abbot of Gampo Abbey, has written the Tibetan Buddhist equivalent of Harold Kushner's famous book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. As the author indicates in the postscript to her book: "We live in difficult times. One senses a possibility they may get worse." Consequently, Chodron's book is filled with useful advice about how Buddhism helps readers to cope with the grim realities of modern life, including fear, despair, rage and the feeling that we are not in control of our lives. Through reflections on the central Buddhist teaching of right mindfulness, Chodron orients readers and gives them language with which to shape their thinking about the ordinary and extraordinary traumas of modern life. But most importantly, Chodron demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As with books written by Thich Nhat Hanh and The Dalai Lama, Pema Chodron writes with a loving and gentle style. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Karl - Tiny Thought Guy
I found it hard to relate to this book because the things that caused Pema to "fall apart" were less in severity than the reasons I picked up the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lori
A classic of Pema Chodro. The best way to get into her humanity and her spiritual path. Buddhists or not.Published 7 months ago by gigi
I enjoyed this book. I thought it offered some wise words of advice; however, some of it flew over my head. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kelsi
During a desperately difficult time in my life, Chodron's counsel calmed me.
I had no idea how my terrible situation would be resolved (or not) or how I would be able to... Read more
Gave me reasons to understand why I do not want yo walk off the path but so often feel or think that I want to stop meditating/trying to grasp what seems so elusive. Normal, this.Published 11 months ago by Marce Merrell
Everything Pema writes is helpful and touching. I have many of her books, and this is as good as all of the others.Published 19 months ago by L. Manthorne