Taking the Leap

Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590308433

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 111

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Discusses the Buddhist concept of shenpa in order to describe how to become free from the destructive energy experienced during moments of conflict.

Taking the Leap

Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590306341

Category: Religion

Page: 111

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Counsels readers on the Buddhist concept of shenpa to explain how to free oneself from destructive energy experienced as a sensation of tightening and negativity at moments of conflict, explaining how to replace angry or addictive responses with courage and compassion.

Taking the Leap

Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821019

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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In this book Pema Chödrön shows us how to break free of destructive patterns in our lives and experience a new sense of freedom and happiness. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of shenpa, she helps us to see how certain habits of mind tend to "hook" us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction. The good news is that once we start to see these patterns, we can begin to change our lives for the better. The key is learning a new way of facing the inevitable difficulties and insecurities of our daily lives: we must learn how to stay present and open our hearts. "This path entails uncovering three basic human qualities," explains Pema. "These qualities have always been with us but perhaps have gotten buried and almost forgotten. They are natural intelligence, natural warmth, and natural openness. Everyone, everywhere, all over the globe, has these qualities and can call on them to help themselves and others." This book gives us the insights and practices we can immediately put to use in our lives to awaken these essential qualities. In her friendly and encouraging style, Pema Chödrön helps us to take a bold leap toward a new way of living—one that will bring about positive transformation for ourselves and for our troubled world.

When Things Fall Apart

Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590302265

Category: Religion

Page: 185

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Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chodrons radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and ex pectations.--from back cover.

Living Beautifully

with Uncertainty and Change

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828138

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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We live in difficult times. Life sometimes seems like a roiling and turbulent river threatening to drown us and destroy the world. Why, then, shouldn’t we cling to the certainty of the shore—to our familiar patterns and habits? Because, Pema Chödrön teaches, that kind of fear-based clinging keeps us from the infinitely more satisfying experience of being fully alive. The teachings she presents here—known as the "Three Commitments"—provide a wealth of wisdom for learning to step right into the river: to be completely, fearlessly present even in the hardest times, the most difficult situations. When we learn to let go of our protective patterns and do that, we begin to see not only how much better it feels to live that way, but, as a wonderful side effect, we find that we begin to naturally and effectively reach out to others in care and support.

The Pocket Pema Chodron

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590306511

Category: Religion

Page: 189

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"Here is a treasury of short selections from the best-selling books of Pema Ch dr n, the beloved Tibetan Buddhist nun. Sized to fit easily into a pocket or purse, this little book can be taken anywhere, providing on-the-go inspiration. Topics include opening the heart; becoming fearless; breaking free of destructive patterns; developing patience and joy; and discovering one s natural warmth, intelligence, and goodness."

Take the Leap

Do What You Love 15 Minutes a Day and Create the Life of Your Dreams

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Author: Heather McCloskey Beck

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1609257952

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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Go from thinking to doing--from imagining a new life to putting it into practice--starting right now. Inspirational author and speaker, Heather McCloskey Beck, wants you to know that there's nothing more important than figuring out what makes your heart sing and doing that--every day. We've been trained to think it's not "responsible" to think this way, that there are more important things to life than feeling fulfilled. Yet we yearn for a more creative, engaged life--to feel the rush that comes from doing what we love to do, without worry. Beck, a popular Huffington Post columnist and creator of the global peace movement, Peace Flash, offers guidance, stories, and dozens of practical suggestions for how to take the leap into the kind of life you've always dreamed of. If you've forgotten what makes you tick, Heather will help you find out. If you know what it is but aren't doing it, she'll help you clear a path. With Heather's help, you can take the leap from thinking about what life would be like if you could do what you love to doing it. Starting with just 15 minutes. Today.

How to Meditate

A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

ISBN: 8184958056

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 184

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More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover: • The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness • Gentleness, patience and humor – three ingredients for a well-balanced practice • Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises • Thoughts and emotions as “sheer delight”– instead of obstacles-in meditation Here is a indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over. Ani Pema Chödrön is an American-born Tibetian Buddhist nun and best selling author. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three grandchildren.

Comfortable with Uncertainty

108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590305558

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of the 108-day retreat, a Tibetan Buddhist nun offers instruction and meditations for achieving compassion and awareness in everyday living.

Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

Wise Advice for Leaning into the Unknown

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622035577

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 160

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When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she’d speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. “What do we do when life doesn’t go the way we hoped?” begins Pema “We say, ‘I’m a failure.” But what if failing wasn’t just “okay,” but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being? Through the insights of her own teachers and life journey, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown—in ourselves and in the world—and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For Pema’s millions of readers, prospective graduates, or anyone at a life crossroads, this gem of clarity and reassurance is sure to find a welcome place in many a kitchen, office, and backpack.

No Time to Lose

A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590304242

Category: Religion

Page: 386

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A best-selling American Buddhist nun introduces the traditional spiritual program that guides her own life, laying out a ten-stage path toward becoming a bodhisattva that includes such topics as commitment, awareness, vigilance, patience, and meditation.

Smile at Fear

Awakening the True Heart of Bravery

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Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821484

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Many of us, without even realizing it, are dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears—perhaps we are afraid of public speaking, of financial hardship, or of losing a loved one. Chögyam Trungpa shows us that most of us suffer from a far more pervasive fearfulness: fear of ourselves. We feel ashamed and embarrassed to look at our feelings or acknowledge our styles of thinking and acting; we don’t want to face the reality of our moment-to-moment experience. It is this fear that keeps us trapped in cycles of suffering, despair, and distress. Chögyam Trungpa offers us a vision of moving beyond fear to discover the innate bravery, trust, and delight in life that lies at the core of our being. Drawing on the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, he explains how we can each become a spiritual warrior: a person who faces each moment of life with openness and fearlessness. "The ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are," writes Chögyam Trungpa. In this book he offers the insights and strategies to claim victory over fear.

Freeing Ourselves

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Author: Russell Bishop

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9460914152

Category: Education

Page: 135

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This book draws together many previously published articles and book chapters produced by the author over the past 20 years of work in the field of indigenous education. However, rather than just being a compilation of a series of papers, this book is a record of the development of an indigenous approach towards large-scale, theory-based education reform that is now being implemented, in two different forms, in almost half of the secondary schools in New Zealand. Fundamental to this theorising is the understanding, identified by Paulo Freire over forty years ago, that answers to the conditions oppressed peoples find themselves in is not to be found in the language or understandings of the oppressors. Rather, it is to be found in those of the oppressed. This realisation has been confirmed by the examples in this book. The first is seen where it is identified how researching in Maori contexts needs to be conducted dialogically within the world view and understandings of Maori people. Secondly, dialogue in its widest sense is crucial for developing a means whereby Maori students are able to participate successfully in education. The book details how researching the impact of colonization on his mother’s Maori family enabled the author to develop a means of researching within indigenous, Maori contexts. It then details how the lessons learnt here appealed as being a means by which the marginalization of Maori students in mainstream, public school classrooms could be re-theorised, and how schools and education systems could be reorganised so as to support indigenous students to be successful learners.

The Places That Scare You

A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590304497

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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The author of the best-selling When Things Fall Apart offers insightful and compassionate advice on uncovering inner wisdom and opening one's heart while refusing to allow resentfulness and fear to block one's inner light. Reprint.

Practicing Peace in Times of War

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Author: Pema Chodron,Sandy Boucher

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590305000

Category: Political Science

Page: 105

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"War and peace begin in the hearts of individuals," declares Pema Chodron in her inspiring and accessible new book, which draws on Buddhist teachings to explore the origins of aggression and war.

The Wisdom of No Escape

And the Path of Loving-Kindness

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590307933

Category: Religion

Page: 155

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An American Buddhist nun encourages accepting everyday life and the wonders and pains of this world as the gateway to an enhanced spiritual life.

In the Face of Fear

Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times

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Author: Barry Boyce

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590307577

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Draws on Buddhist tenets to counsel readers on how to meet present-day challenges with a controlled and stable mindset, in an anthology of teachings by forefront contemporary teachers that includes coverage of everything from approaching life joyfully to accessing innate confidence. Original.

Always Maintain a Joyful Mind

And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834827271

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have relied on a collection of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to help them develop wisdom and compassion amid the challenges of daily living. In this book Pema Chödrön introduces these transformative teachings and offers guidance on how to make them part of our everyday lives. The lojong teachings include: "Always maintain only a joyful mind," "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be grateful to everyone." Each slogan is followed by Pema Chödrön's accessible and succinct commentary on how to understand and apply it. This book also features a forty-five-minute audio program entitled "Opening the Heart," in which Pema Chödrön offers in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation, a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for oneself and others.

Awakening Loving-Kindness

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Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821194

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Based on talks given during a one-month meditation retreat at Gampo Abbey, this book contains teachings that were intended to inspire and encourage practitioners to remain wholeheartedly awake to everything that occurs and to use the abundant material of daily life as their primary teacher and guide. The message for the retreat participants—and for the reader as well—is to be with oneself without embarrassment or harshness. This is instruction on how to love oneself and one's world. This Shambhala Pocket Classic is an abridged version of The Wisdom of No Escape.

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Living with Wisdom and Compassion

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Author: Thubten Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828383

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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It can be hard for those of us living in the twenty-first century to see how fourteenth-century Buddhist teachings still apply. When you’re trying to figure out which cell phone plan to buy or brooding about something someone wrote about you on Facebook, lines like "While the enemy of your own anger is unsubdued, though you conquer external foes, they will only increase" can seem a little obscure. Thubten Chodron’s illuminating explication of Togmay Zangpo’s revered text, The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, doesn’t just explain its profound meaning; in dozens of passages she lets her students and colleagues share first-person stories of the ways that its teachings have changed their lives. Some bear witness to dramatic transformations—making friends with an enemy prisoner-of-war, finding peace after the murder of a loved one—while others tell of smaller lessons, like waiting for something to happen or coping with a minor injury.