I got this book thinking that I would learn some quick meditations I could use throughout the day and some insight into being more present in the moment. I received much more than this. I learned not only some simple meditations and how to do them throughout the day. I also learned more about Buddhism than had been explained to me at any point in time. Here I learned that Buddhism doesn’t provide us with the ultimate divinity to make things better for us. Instead it provides us with the mental software to make things better for ourselves and others. I can also see why after finishing this book that Buddhism has been called the best free psychotherapy because it teaches empowerment. It is/may be the ultimate self development program. Through Buddhism we learn external events can’t make you happy. Remember Buddhism doesn’t like blind faith. If it doesn't work for you then find something that does. I was reminded why so many people don't like meditation and why my teacher kept telling people they had to practice more than 20 minutes a week. See
meditation is like learning to play the piano you have to own it to learn it. Consistency is key is the key to learn anything.
Buddhism explains what Albert Einstein meant when he said, 'Reality is an illusion all be it a persistent one.'
I like this book and will look at more of his books on meditation.
This is three of her books in one and will save you some dough.
I know people that follow Pema Chodron’s book like some people follow the bible. However, I don’t think they've ever heard her talk. In the first book (talk) she talks about recent to the events before the events of this talk like weeks before she talks about losing her mind with her granddaughter. She talks about how monks that are suppose to be these people in complete harmony with the world around them really aren't. She talks about learning to deal with this and why its hard even for the Buddhist masters. In the second book she talks about compassion for everyone. She goes into depth concerning tonglen meditation. Which I've tried and it’s very hard at first. It’s very powerful once you get the hang of it. It’s about changing our relationship with pain and pleasure. Why run from pain? Why embrace pleasure? What is the real difference? I learned that the difference between pain and pleasure is perception. And it’s not easy to see it. I learned in the third book that doing tonglen meditation is very helpful.
I read many books by the Dalai Lama and each one I find more and more fascinating. When I first started readying his books I thought he was a bit nuts. However, 10 years later I'm reading new books by him with others help and re-reading old ones. I'm finding that he's not nuts at all. In-fact if the world leaders would just listen to him then we wouldn't have half the wars going on or the undeclared wars going on! I find his advice here about getting over depression by getting out in the community to be very true. I tried this a year ago and it worked. Several people I've met tried this same solution and met with great success. One person told me without even know what the Dalai Lama had said. They were told by their physiologist to get out and mingle with people. They were able to get off all their meds. I found all the information useful and found it applicable in my life. I recommend this book and all the rest in the series.