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Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering | [Pema Chodron]

Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering

What if you could cultivate the mind of a bodhisattva -- one who has dedicated one's life to the benefit of others? According to Pema Chödrön, best-selling author and American-born Buddhist nun, you can. On Bodhisattva Mind, she examines sheshin, or "guarding alertness", and the other qualities of mind we need to develop on the path to enlightenment.
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What if you could cultivate the mind of a bodhisattva -- one who has dedicated one's life to the benefit of others? According to Pema Chödrön, best-selling author and American-born Buddhist nun, you can. On Bodhisattva Mind, she examines sheshin, or "guarding alertness", and the other qualities of mind we need to develop on the path to enlightenment. "We all have a consciousness that knows what helps and what causes harm," says Ani Pema. "With this same ability, we can 'tame our minds', and extricate ourselves from suffering."

A practicum of insights and meditations from this cherished teacher, Bodhisattva Mind shows us how to connect with the spacious, clear, unbiased nature of our minds and experience the joy of complete freedom.

©2006 Pema Chodron; (P)Sounds True

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    Denise 09-20-11
    Denise 09-20-11
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    "Bodhisattva mind."

    While a novice student and practitioner of Buddhism, I am a huge fan of Pema Chodron. I found her commentary on this classic Buddhist text outstanding and accessible. I also read and re-read (I imagine I will read many more times in the future) her book "No Time to Lose" in which the audio is based.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Owen Lam Singapore 09-04-13
    Owen Lam Singapore 09-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good balance of humour and driving home the points"
    What did you love best about Bodhisattva Mind?

    I like the very down to earth way pema uses in her lectures and how she relates them. She brings across the issues as very real and common


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bodhisattva Mind?

    That people will always have issues and criticism but the power is to learn to perceive it differently and learn from it and grow from it. People that are difficult are our teachers


    Which character – as performed by Pema Chodron – was your favorite?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Your mind creates the world


    Any additional comments?

    It is my first audio book from pema... and i'm addicted now. Coming from asia, buddhism is usually taught in chinese and is hard to obtain teachings in english.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States 08-03-12
    Allison Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States 08-03-12
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    "Amazing !"
    Would you listen to Bodhisattva Mind again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it again, and will. It is packed with so much helpful information and is helping in my path to mindfulness & spriritual discovery.


    What about Pema Chodron’s performance did you like?

    I love the way it is presented in such an accessible way. Ani Pema's humor and approachability makes this so easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was hard to "put down"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alison Leadville, CO, United States 03-26-12
    alison Leadville, CO, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "very worthwhile listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend who has an interest in Buddhism, Mindfulness, or Pema Chodron


    What does Pema Chodron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pema brings her laughter, her genuine compassion and her gentle clarity. Her voice is soothing and uplifting while offering a depth of learning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison OAKLAND, CA, United States 01-24-12
    Alison OAKLAND, CA, United States 01-24-12
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    What about Pema Chodron’s performance did you like?

    Pema's teachings are consistently relevant to daily life and this was an accessible listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amy SANTA FE, NM, United States 01-23-12
    amy SANTA FE, NM, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "relevant and revolutionary"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, i've already recommended it to many people. i can't think of any person who wouldn't find something valuable to take from this book. it changed that way i see the world and my contribution to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    it made me laugh many times and it touched my heart more times than i can count.


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    Amazon Customer Perth, Australia 12-19-11
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a wonderful education on life as (maybe)it should be. Pema has such a natural way with herself and a confidence in explaining the ways of the teachings that is quite uncanny she is precise unwavered and totally confident in the lessons it was as though she was the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was to me a wonderful coverage of life,


    Which character – as performed by Pema Chodron – was your favorite?

    Pema is a character all of her own she gets to grips with every thing the words provide.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I will listen to it many more times than anything else I have heard to date


    Any additional comments?

    Bring on Pema she is a gem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Gray St. Paul , MN USA 09-29-09
    C. Gray St. Paul , MN USA 09-29-09 Listener Since 2007

    Learning to Be

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    "Pema is never a disappointment"

    I have listened to and read everything I can get my hands on by Pema Chodron. She is by far one of my favorite teachers. Great sense of humor, approachable style and a wise teacher. I appreciate her honesty about her own struggles ~ and the reality of this path. This is one I have returned to over and over again and still gain something new. I love hearing her laugh and feel as though I am with a friend when I hear her voice. Thank you Pema and thank you Audible for making this available.

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    Nathan Round Rock, TX, USA 07-05-09
    Nathan Round Rock, TX, USA 07-05-09
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    "What a disappointment. Avoid this title."

    Awful. over 100 rated this and only 4 reviews? Clearly the publisher put up fake ratings to prop this up. First of all this is only a lecture. However what kept me from continuing to listen after only a few hours was how little she really said. She seemed able to expound on forever about such a well understood concept. And little of what she said was eye opening in any way

    This is my only review after having been an Audible subscriber for over 5 years. Also, I've read and listened to many books concerning Eastern religions. This was by far the worst Audible experience I've had.

    7 of 44 people found this review helpful
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