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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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Always learning from Pema

No matter how many times I listen to this book, I learn. Thanks to Pema for making these teachings so much more available to me.

I like that Pema reads her work.

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Pema is my valium

She keeps me from being dark, morose and combative in my life. I can dip into any of her talks and get recentered.

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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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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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always inspiring

In a world filled with so many things that can "hook" us, Pema Chodron teaches us how NOT to bite the hook. Very liberating!

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Yay

This id so healing. Thankyou
"We're in procedd"
cheerfulness meditation. Words on
San Quention prison abolition. Love.

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Really Surprised by this!

I am a hard-core skeptic. I do not believe in reincarnation or Karma or anything like that. Yet I found this talk really interesting and super useful. Definitely recommended!

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Amazing!

Great book full of wisdom! Highly recommended for anyone dealing with hanger. Great tools to apply in your life.

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Pema is great. Readings are a giant distraction.

Pema is great the interposed readings are a giant distraction. Could not make it through the recording; but thankfully it skipped to the end.

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Such A Great Read

Thanks to Audible Books and the author Pema Chödrön for bringing me to attention , keeping me there and for the hardy laughs at the comic examples and other such witticisms. Loved this book. Respect the author. Thank you. I guess you could say “I’m hooked” 🌝

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  • SJRod
  • 01-18-18

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
  • 04-02-18

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
  • 02-20-18

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

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  • Carolin
  • 10-26-18

So many inspiring insights

i know that I will definitely come back to this one again. im fact it prompted me to sign up for her online course to investigate the topics mentioned further.

i always resonate with Pema's wisdom which she conveys with humor and passion.