- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition (Dec 30 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590300785
- ISBN-13: 978-1590300787
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 18.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion Paperback – Dec 30 2003
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Comfortable with Uncertainty reads like a perfect companion guide to the traditional 108-day Buddhist retreat. In a day-by-day format, author Pema Chödrön dives into the soothing wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, reminding us that groundlessness is the only ground we have to stand on. Each of her 108 teachings are brief (about two pages), and all of them are excerpted from longer discussions in Chödrön's previous bestselling books (The Places That Scare You and When Things Fall Apart). Nonetheless, newcomers as well as seasoned fans of Chödrön's writing will glean much from this training program for becoming a "warrior bodhisattva"--a term which, simply put, means one who aspires to act from an awakened heart.
Gradually, Chödrön guides readers beyond the tunnel vision of the self, expanding outward to include compassion for all of humanity. In the 12th teaching, "The Root of Suffering," Chödrön writes: "What keeps us unhappy and stuck in a limited view of reality is our tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain, to seek security and avoid groundlessness, to seek comfort and avoid discomfort." In the 77th teaching, "Cool Loneliness," she suggests that the next time readers wake up in the morning feeling the "heartache of alienation" they try to "relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart." By the 101st teaching, Chödrön speaks to "taking refuge in the Sangha," meaning becoming warriors who are not only committed to taking off their own armors of self-pity, but are also committed to gently helping others do the same. Student warriors will also appreciate the glossary, bibliography, and resource guide in the back. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Gently, conversationally, and with humor, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers strategies for seeing and thinking differently. For many people the approach is nothing less than transformational."— Boston Globe
"Chödrön's voice is gently humorous, always kind, and seemingly infinitely wise."— L.A. Times
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This book will open you heart to live a joyful life regarless of the circumstances you are facing at the present moment.
COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY is a compilation of 108 excerpts from Chodron's previous books that may be read as a collection of short, daily meditations for compassionate warriors-in-training. These teachings will stick with you, and they will resonate throughout the day. Readers expecting to find something new here may be disappointed. But for others, this book will offer an excellent introduction to Pema Chodron.
I like to pop a tape or CD in and listen while I sit or drive, so I got the CD version of Pema Chodron's "Comfortable With Uncertainty." That was unfortunate. The reader, who is not Pema, has a self-consciously "soothing" vocal presentation, and she misses many opportunities to be present in the words she reads. So, my advice to you road warriors, is to get off the highway, and hunker down to savor Pema's written words. They're jewels.
I like to pop a tape or CD in and listen while I sit or drive, so I got the CD version of Pema Chodron's "Comfortable With Uncertainty." That was unfortunate. The reader, who is not Pema, has a self-consciously "soothing" vocal presentation, and she misses many opportunities to be present in the words she reads.
So, my advice to you road warriors, is to get off the highway, and hunker down to Pema's written words. They're jewels!
Pema Chodron's teachings are in line with my personal beliefs, and this particular book has arrived at just the right time.
Reading her words puts things into perspective and helps me slow my busy monkey mind.
I feel this is excellent prep for motherhood, but it would be a great book for anyone seeking to learn more on the path of mindfulness.
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