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Title:
Practicing peace / Pema Chödrön ; based on talks edited by Sandy Boucher.
ISBN:
9781611806137
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colorado : Shambhala, 2018.

©2006
Physical Description:
x, 88 pages ; 16 cm
General Note:
Reprint. Originally published 2006 with title Practicing peace in times of war.
Contents:
Practicing peace -- The courage to wait -- Not biting the hook -- Changing our attitude toward pain -- Compassionate abiding -- Positive insecurity.
Abstract:
"Anger is a universal human emotion, and it can manifest in some pretty nasty ways. But it is also amazingly workable. In this guide to the practice of inner peace, Pema Chödrön shows us how to recognize anger in ourselves when it first begins to rise, how to sit with the discomfort it causes, and how to let it dissipate. By taking responsibility for the seeds of aggression in our own hearts and minds, we can help create a new culture of compassion for ourselves and for the world." -- Provided by publisher.
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With geopolitical tensions and the threat of violence flaring all over the world, people everywhere are experiencing a heightened sense of vulnerability and helplessness. But there is hope. Pema Chodron here shows us how to identify the underlying causes of these tensions and how we can really contribute to creating a more peaceful world--by starting right where we are. She draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression, hatred, and war, explaining that they lie nowhere but within our own hearts and minds. And she offers practical techniques all of us can use to work for peace in our own lives, at the level of our habits of thought and action. It's never too late, she tells us, to look within and discover a new way of living and to transform not only our personal lives but our whole world.


Author Notes

PEMA CHIDRIN is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa, the renowned Tibetan meditation master. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is a best-selling author whose many books include When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You .


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Drawing from her talks and focusing on the contemporary world, Chödrön (The Places That Scare You) offers teachings on practicing peace in this short, insightful book. When the heart closes itself off and the mind becomes rigid, she writes, it is easy to justify hatred against others. Instead, Chödrön tells readers to cultivate the courage to have a change of heart: do not harden the self, sit with the uneasiness and feeling of threat, and stay in that tenderness. The condensed instruction Chödrön provides is to "stay with the initial tightening and don't spin off." By turning to the practices of patience, sitting meditation, and bodhichitta (the impulse toward enlightenment and nonself), among others, she believes it is possible to recognize shenpa (the experience of being hooked) early and to refrain from escalating into anger. She writes that sitting in patience with fundamental fear and insecurity allows fearlessness and genuine curiosity to grow. Chödrön teaches readers how to pause and let experiences pierce the heart so that the sparks of aggression may burn themselves out, leaving a positive sense of groundlessness and insecurity. These are familiar teachings to those acquainted with her work, but her approach remains invaluable for guidance on working with hatred and anger. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.