Practicing Peace in Times of War: A Buddhist Perspective Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
This gifty little book by the American Buddhist nun Chödrön is a solid reinforcement of what she has been saying for many years and in many books. Here, her focus is on the relationship between aggression within and the aggression that fuels war. Chödrön begins with some disquieting observations, such as that we can all be fundamentalists—that is, self-righteous and closed-minded—and that peace demonstrators are not terribly peaceful. Like other Buddhist teachers on the subject of political action, she sees a direct connection between what is in the heart and expressed in outward actions. She teaches how to stop the reflexive and habitual emotional reaction to perceived hostility through patience, pausing, breathing. It's not easy, but it is simple. Chödrön is also provocative: insecurity has a positive function, she suggests, so don't run away from it. Some of what this skillful teacher says is almost too simple or underexplained, which can happen when a talk becomes a book, as is the case here. "Don't spin off" is a condensed instruction that is a little too condensed. While it may intrigue beginners, this book will be a better gift for those who are already familiar with Chödrön's body of work. (Sept. 5)
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“A solid reinforcement on how to stop the reflexive and habitual emotional reaction to perceived hostility through patience, pausing, and breathing. It’s not easy, but it is simple.”—Publishers Weekly
“In her timely new book, Pema Chödrön offers her insights on the origins of world conflict. Anger originates in our own hearts, she asserts, not on the battlefield. Only by checking our aggression on a personal level can we hope to sow the seeds of peace.”—Body & Soul
"Pema Chödrön's writings have been helpful to countless people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world."—Bill Moyers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
"If we arn't training inch by inch, one moment at a time, in overcoming our fear of pain, then we'll be very limited in how much we can help. We'll be limited in helping ourselves, and limited in helping anyone else. So, let;s start with ourselves just as we are, here and now." (p. 78)
--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization
Her discussion of shenpa is particularly excellent. This Tibetan word, usually translated as attachment, is uncovered in detail with humorous and helpful stories. Shenpa is that experience of tightening we feel when someone says something that pushes one of our buttons or triggers our anger, or touches a soft spot, etc, and is the source of a lot of conflict.
Pema Chodron gives a few suggested practices for dealing with the experience and I have to say I find them both simple and challenging.
What would our family and community life be like if more people were introduced to these ideas and agreed to be more mindful about practicing them? I can't imagine, but would love to see it!
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In a very to-the-point manner, Chodron explains how the seeds of peace and war start with the individual reaction to life situations. We have the choice to effect others by our reaction to potentially violent situations. We can choose to get angry when someone cuts us off, or we can continue on our way. Like the inmate in San Quentin, we can take out our frustrations on a sea gull blown in by a storm or we can tell the crowd to back off because "the bird has my wings."
For therapists who use cognitive behavior therapy, the third chapter is the best description of how to engage cognitive thinking when faced with a situation which can trigger a patterned response.
A book that will linger with you long after reading. Get 2 copies. You will want to pass it along to a friend. Once you do, it will be sent out never to return!
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