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Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can "start where we are" - embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around 59 traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: "Always apply only a joyful state of mind," "Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness," and "Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment."

Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

©2017 Pema Chödrön (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Really resonated with me at this stage of my life

This is about the 5th attempt I've had of both listening and reading this book. I really couldn't get into it previously but this time around after being recommended it once again by another person I respected it really hit home to me. Was exactly what I needed to keep me on path far away from mindlessness.

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Amazing book

Can speak to you at any time. I have read and re-read this book numerous times. Sometimes I just play when driving and looking for some inspiration- no matter where I start it always seems to be the right place for where I am at that time!
I highly recommend it for anyone looking for ways to understand the nature of the mind.

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  • 07-02-2020

Understandable

I loved this book. Pema is exceptional in translating the message in a way that can be easily understood but more importantly easily practised. Thank you!

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what the world needs now

thank you for this profound and life changing understanding of compassion to myself and others

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Very practical, accessible & understandable

I will listen again & again & again. This helps me so much in every way. Pema is an amazing teacher who helps me bring Buddhist tools into my daily life.

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  • Nicole Lamontagne
  • 10-08-2018

Purely clear explanations

Better than Trungpa. More accessible wording. Helpful personal examples. Loved every minute of listening. Good narrator too.

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  • Dustin
  • 24-06-2019

Best text on Lojong and Lojong

Besides maybe Norman Fisher's work, which I also found amazing. Pair and practice! Listen and repeat!

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  • Sarah KW
  • 05-02-2021

Very lovely book

Joanna’s voice is reminiscent of Pema’s which is really nice. I listened to it in two nights and I’m about to start it again :).

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  • JFD
  • 22-07-2019

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I truly dare someone not to benefit from this. an absolutely fantastic must read book

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  • Danielle Henderson
  • 02-05-2021

A whole new Perspective on life

I will definitely be rereading and listening to the book. I have struggled my whole life with self talk and how I treat others. The way she talks about befriending your emotions and being kind and gentle with yourself really helped me. But like she said it's walking the Wali and practicing it every day! Will definitely recommend!!

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  • cassie
  • 29-07-2020

pema is great and the voice seems to match her

I did like the voice well enough, however she was a little monotonous or boring. maybe someone with a little more enthusiasm for the words could sound better. Pemas book is Fantastic.

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  • Natalie Malay
  • 24-10-2018

Enjoy listening over and over again!

So much information! I really enjoy listening over and over again! I highly recommend this!

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  • Janet Hill
  • 12-01-2021

This book is excellent for any faith!

Pema teaches that sharing our goodness and feeling empathy for our fellow beings is a gift! I would recommend to anyone looking for a change in their live!

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  • Eight Treasures
  • 05-07-2020

Rewarding

You won't feel disappointed, and if you do, here are the tools. Start working

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  • Mike M. Javanmard
  • 27-06-2020

Counterintuitive

Counterintuitive but seems to work. It surprised me. I hope it is not a passing solution.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-2019

Start where you are is a life changing book

I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it highly to anyone who wants to view life in a loving, inspired way. Pema is both enlightened and enlightening. Great work.

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  • CHRISTINE
  • 24-01-2018

Start where you are.

Very easy to listen to, wonderful presentation of Lojong, now my favourite Pema Chodron teaching.

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  • Natalie
  • 21-02-2020

Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant - best book I read in years! Rich charterers and impeccable story 👏👏👏 just brilliant

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  • Tout en chantant
  • 04-09-2019

Pithy teachings, skilfully presented and beautifully read

Pithy teachings, skilfully presented and beautifully read. I strongly recommend it. Thank you very much

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  • Al
  • 06-03-2019

I read this book on repeat

for me, lots of gems and precious nuggets are contained within. so much so that after the first listen through. I now listen at random and repeat when I can.
I love the message and the guidance shared within.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2021

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This book is excellent i highly recommend this read loved it. Pema is so profound

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