The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. Chödrön discusses:
Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down
Practices for reversing habitual patterns
Methods for working with chaotic situations
Ways for creating effective social action
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Comments about When Things Fall Apart:
Pema Chodron helps us take our minds to a place of quiet solitude, peace and stillness, away from the distractions around and into the inner and untroubled beginnings of ourselves. Relaxing and refreshing!
It shows us how to gradually give back to ourselves that from which we came - our original self.
The book then progresses to teach, step by step, meditation experienced with clarity of mind.
Highly recommend it to those suffering any form of mental illness, those with a busy lifestyle or those just wanting to relax and to contact their true and original spirit.
Try combining this book with "The Stranger in the Mirror" by Marlene Steinberg MD. Two gems!
"Pema Chodron is one of those spiritual teachers who brings ancient wisdom to bear upon our daily triumphs and tragedies. . . . Incredibly wise and poignantly practical."--"Spirituality & Health "
"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 . . . Chodron demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives."--"Publishers Weekly "
"This is a book that could serve you for a lifetime."--"Natural Health"
"As one of Pema Chodron's grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart."--Alice Walker
|Intimacy with Fear||p. 1|
|When Things Fall Apart||p. 6|
|This Very Moment Is the Perfect Teacher||p. 12|
|Relax As It Is||p. 18|
|It's Never Too Late||p. 25|
|Not Causing Harm||p. 32|
|Hopelessness and Death||p. 38|
|Eight Worldly Dharmas||p. 46|
|Six Kinds of Loneliness||p. 53|
|Curious about Existence||p. 60|
|Nonaggression and the Four Maras||p. 65|
|Growing Up||p. 73|
|Widening the Circle of Compassion||p. 78|
|The Love That Will Not Die||p. 86|
|Going against the Grain||p. 93|
|Servants of Peace||p. 98|
|Secret Oral Instructions||p. 114|
|Three Methods for Working with Chaos||p. 120|
|The Trick of Choicelessness||p. 127|
|Reversing the Wheel of Samsara||p. 137|
|The Path Is the Goal||p. 143|
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Series: Shambhala Classics S.
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th September 2000
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.227