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Publisher's Summary

Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children - and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses. In this recorded weekend retreat, Pema draws on Buddhist teachings from The Way of the Bodhisattva to reveal how we can:

  • Stay centered in the midst of difficulty
  • Improve stressful relationships
  • Step out of the downward spiral of self-hatred
  • Awaken compassion for ourselves and others

©2018 Pema Chödrön (P)2018 Random House Audio

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-02-2018

Pema's Great

This is a really good book. It's very clear and interesting. Narrated by Pema..makes it better, than the others.

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  • 09-04-2018

Nonsense

Would you try another book from Pema Chödrön and/or Pema Chödrön?

Absolutely not

What was most disappointing about Pema Chödrön’s story?

The delivery was pretty boring, and the content sounds good on the surface, but, essentially, is for the privileged classes, not people who have to deal with the ordinary world.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her delivery is dull and halting and so unemotional she sounds like she's medicated.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Where she really lost me was when she talks about people being basically good. Really? Sociopaths are basically good? I don't think so and if she does, she is truly isolated from reality. The second place she lost me was with the carma nonsense. If someone spits on me on the street, it's not because I did something seven thousand lifetimes ago; it's because they are wacked in the head. How can so many people give this 5 stars? Sheeple. Sure. Let that mosquito bite you and be patient. Let that husband hit you and be patient. It's just his nature to bite or hit. Be patient with the bigoted. It's just their nature. Don't try to make waves. This is anti progress. Without anger, injustices would not be fouht and diminished. I am a pacifist and hate war, but I also think some things are worth fighting for and fighting is the only way to bring about change.

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  • sT cW
  • 09-05-2018

Easy Listening

i do enjoy self help books and this one is realy easy listening. Did it have a great WOW factor? Nope. I may remember some things but really not a life changer

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  • Tawanda
  • 22-04-2018

Owner's manual for being human

Reading this book was like finding my Owner's manual for being human. It reminds us all how alike we are and how we can ease our own suffering as well as that of others.

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  • K. Trebesch
  • 21-04-2018

So concise and precise!

Total pleasure to listen to this thorough yet simple commentary on Shantideva's text on Patience. Instructive in a practical way, illuminative, lots of real life examples. Seems to be an actual recording of a talk given to a small meditation class.

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  • Katie
  • 14-03-2018

Worth a read.

The lecture style was a little jarring when I was expecting an audiobook, but she had some profound insights.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2018

Wonderful as always

And always with wit, humor and valuable insight. Her delivery is on point and ethereal.

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  • Jacqueline Thornton
  • 20-02-2018

Relatable and easy to understand

Pema Chödrön presents the teachings of Shantideva in a way that is relatable and easy to understand.

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  • SJRod
  • 18-01-2018

wow... excellent

I really needed this and it covered all the bases. definitely a must listen to again. pema as always in her great style delivers the message

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  • Marija
  • 02-04-2018

So happy to have it in my library!

I'm in awe with Pema Chodron's ease of explaining concepts and her humour. I have a feeling it's one of those multi-layer books that you get back to over and over always with new understanding of what was mentioned.

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  • Yoshay
  • 20-02-2018

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Insightful and great explanation to Shantideva's teachings. Wonderful guidance on how to work with anger and other negative emotions