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Don't Bite the Hook

Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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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 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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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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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 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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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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My go to book for good and tough times.

Great information for everyday living and situations. I've probably listened to it 20 times! I strongly recommend this to everyone.

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so grateful and appreciative for this inspiring message. easy to follow and easy to understand.

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Possibly life changing

I usually don’t write reviews but I’ve listened to this book 3 times now and it’s getting better every time. Real stuff, accessible and with a laugh.
Thank you Pema and others

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Reads well, enlightening, and informative

Reads like a lecture so it is very easy listening. I enjoyed most the question and answer session at the end of the audio. This book provides real answers and real tools that are changing my life.

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Transformational!🤔☺ Everyone needs to listen to or read this book. We need to make it obligatory.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-19

Pema nails it for me every time

Pema Chodron’s wisdom and learnings are so enjoyable to listen to. Always a bit of fun humour in there too :)

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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.