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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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First Understanding of Buddhism

This recording was my first introduction to Buddhism. Pema Chodron is the best first teacher anyone could ask for. Her explanations are simple yet deep and based on experiences that I could relate to. She is funny and easy to listen to. I'm now listening to this recording for the second time.
I took a Mediation 101 class last month and this is the perect next step in my practice. I highly recommend it and plan to listen to more of Pema Chodron's other works.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • lyme, NH, USA
  • 12-09-07

pema's teaching keeps getting better

Pema's recent teachings based on Shantideva have been really useful to me, and are profoundly relevant to this time.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

Pema is insightful and humorous, breathing life and understanding into what at first glace seems like dry material. The teachings on being a source of joy and compassion while staying in contact with your humility and modesty are profound in our increasingly shallow modern age.

As for the techniques for developing these qualities, eradicating misery and pain by not creating any anew or reacting to any is logical to even the most scientific mind. I can tell you from personal experience that although it is difficult at first, these methods do actually work and do not require any belief in Buddhism or religion. She proves that instead of the axiom "Beauty is skin deep" it should read "Surface beuty is skin deep- but real beauty radiates from within."

This book helped me push away post-partum depression and bring true happiness back into my life for the first time in fifteen years. I would recommend it to anyone at any stage of life.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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lots of people vote and don't write reviews

Some doo-dah down below in the reviews said obviously the publisher posted reviews to prop up this work. I don't write reviews often because I am too busy and other people have said what I would have written already. But I do vote. This book is about seeing yourself the way you resist seeing yourself and seeing others with a new-found compassion because of it. It is about our willingness to see the speck in another's eye while ignoring our own log in the eye. And it offers hope and love as the rewards for our efforts. It is my favorite Pema work though I love everything I have heard by her - probably all her audiobooks. I do audios as my eyes are not so good anymore, must have been all those logs :-D , and I drive an hour a day to my job which is the perfect listening time for this work - get ready to see things differently before work and process before I get home. God bless Pema and her work.

41 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Such a Treasure

I can't say enough positive things about this recording. Just listen and you will see for yourself all that Pema Chodron has to offer. Humor, courage, kindness and insight. A simply wonderful listening experience.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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SOOOOO Calming

I have many Pema audiobooks and books, and this one is the one I listen to over and over again. Filled with enlightenment, peace, centering insights with humor intertwined throughout....Get it, get it get it......

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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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Life changing

I thought life had no manual. I was wrong.
Already I was interested in Buddhism and Taoism. This audiobook deepens it. Very practical, but not in a shallow way.
I'm aware: just listening is not enough; there is work to be done :-) Though listening might be the beginning.

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  • Claudine
  • ESCONDIDO, CA, United States
  • 11-13-13

Great place to start for beginners!

I have studied Buddhism in the past and never came close to the understanding I have now through Pema Chodron's teachings. Her ability to translate into a relatable American framework is amazing. This recording is some of her best work as she delves into the heart of Buddhism with humor and authenticity. I listen to her work every day on the way to work and this audio book kept me laughing along with increasing my understanding.

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So useful for those on the Bodhisattva path

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd only recommend this book to those who are seriously studying the Bodhisattva path. There's a lot of detail in this teaching that is meant to illuminate our path and the vows we take. <br/><br/>Many of Pema's teachings are useful for all paths, but this one is specific to those who study and practice as Bodhisattvas.

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  • Portia
  • 08-15-11

A set of talks that work as a book

Often talks given to a particular audience at a certain time don't translate well into audiobooks. I was delighted that in this case 'Bodhisattva Mind' works very well. It's good to hear the teacher herself giving her teachings in her own words, rather than on the page. The talks are easy to hear, and to follow. I found that the audiobook complements Pema Chodron's commentary on Shantideva's Bodhicarayavatara - 'No Time to Lose'
Pema Chodron's spirited, down to earth instructions on how to live a life of kindness for ourself and others in the muddle of our busy lives. Wonderful!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Deborah
  • 06-18-08

Eight Delightful Hours

It was with sheer delight that I listened, spellbound, to Pema Chodron's lectures on the The Bodhisattva Mind. Her gentle voice, captivating humour and down to earth delivery brings Buddhism and the Buddhist philosophy right into the hearts and minds of the ordinary person, even those who may not have had any exposure to it before. What a great listen; one I will be repeating over and over again.

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  • Claire Ritson
  • 01-26-16

Highly recommend

Valuable, thought provoking and life changing teachings delivered with kindness and wonderful humour. I have now purchased more books by Pema Chodron and I am excited to get started with those!!

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  • Mr
  • 05-28-15

Beautifully narrated

Quite a challenging book, I shall definitely have to listen to it twice despite the lucid explanations Pema Chodron provides. She covers a great deal of ground.

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  • Andrew M
  • 06-20-17

Thought provoking, interesting and useful

Worth a couple of listens, and in snippets, to get the most from it. Enjoyable to listen to as well.

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  • Gwen McIlroy
  • 12-04-15

So knowledgeable and insightful!!

It says the review is optional then requires you to write 20 words!

Just do the book ... :)