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When Things Fall Apart : Heart Advice for Difficult Times - Pema Chodron

When Things Fall Apart

Heart Advice for Difficult Times


Published: 26th September 2000
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The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chodron 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. Chodron 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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Lifeline to reality - the real you.

By Grateful reader

from Launceston, Tasmania

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  • Deeply Informative
  • Well Written


    Best Uses

    • Academic
    • Counseling
    • Lay Person
    • Reference

    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!

    Comment on this review

    "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

    Acknowledgmentsp. viii
    Introductionp. ix
    Intimacy with Fearp. 1
    When Things Fall Apartp. 6
    This Very Moment Is the Perfect Teacherp. 12
    Relax As It Isp. 18
    It's Never Too Latep. 25
    Not Causing Harmp. 32
    Hopelessness and Deathp. 38
    Eight Worldly Dharmasp. 46
    Six Kinds of Lonelinessp. 53
    Curious about Existencep. 60
    Nonaggression and the Four Marasp. 65
    Growing Upp. 73
    Widening the Circle of Compassionp. 78
    The Love That Will Not Diep. 86
    Going against the Grainp. 93
    Servants of Peacep. 98
    Opinionsp. 109
    Secret Oral Instructionsp. 114
    Three Methods for Working with Chaosp. 120
    The Trick of Choicelessnessp. 127
    Reversing the Wheel of Samsarap. 137
    The Path Is the Goalp. 143
    Bibliographyp. 147
    Resourcesp. 148
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    ISBN: 9781570623448
    ISBN-10: 1570623449
    Series: Shambhala Classics S.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 160
    Published: 26th September 2000
    Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
    Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 1.2
    Weight (kg): 0.23