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  • Buddhism for Beginners

    Buddhism for Beginners

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    This easy-to-understand overview of the basics of Buddhism is an invaluable resource for the new or seasoned practitioner
    This user's guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions--beginning with "What is the essence of the Buddha's teachings?"--and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron's responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction--as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life.

    Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it's also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you're looking for, such as:

    - What is the goal of the Buddhist path?
    - What is karma?
    - If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists?
    - How can we deal with fear?
    - How do I establish a regular meditation practice?
    - What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher?
    - What is Buddha-nature?
    - Why can't we remember our past lives?

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  • Welcoming the Unwelcome : Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World

    Welcoming the Unwelcome : Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World

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    From the bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart, an open-hearted call for human connection, compassion, and learning to love the world just as it is during these most challenging times.
    In her first new book of spiritual teachings in over seven years, Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas--compassionate beings--in times of hardship.

    Welcoming the Unwelcome includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with--even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.

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  • Comfortable with Uncertainty : 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

    Comfortable with Uncertainty : 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

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    This book offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living. More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path.
    Comfortable with Uncertainty does not assume prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making it a perfect introduction to Chödrön's teaching. It features the most essential and stirring passages from Chödrön's previous books, exploring topics such as lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, "nowness," letting go, and working with fear and other painful emotions. Through the course of this book, readers will learn practical methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.

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  • Living Beautifully : with Uncertainty and Change

    Living Beautifully : with Uncertainty and Change

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    Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone's favorite Buddhist nun, it's even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky ground--and the secret is: the ground is always shaky. Pema shows how using a traditional Buddhist practice called the Three Vows or Three Commitments, offering us a way to relax into profound sanity in the midst of whatever non-sanity is happening around us. Just making these simple aspirations can change the way we look at the world and can provide us with a lifetime of material for spiritual practice.
    The Three Commitments are three methods for embracing the chaotic, uncertain, dynamic, challenging nature of our situation as a path to awakening. The first of the commitments, traditionally called the Pratimoksha Vow, is the foundation for personal liberation. This is a commitment to doing our best to not cause harm with our actions or words or thoughts, a commitment to being good to each other. It provides a structure within which we learn to work with our thoughts and emotions, and to refrain from speaking or acting out of confusion. The next step toward being comfortable with groundlessness is a commitment to helping others, traditionally called the Bodhisattva Vow. It is a commitment to dedicate our lives to keeping our hearts and minds open, and nurturing our compassion with the longing to ease the suffering of the world. The last of the three commitments, traditionally known as the Samaya Vow, is a resolve to embrace the world just as it is, without bias; a resolve to see everything we encounter, good and bad, pleasant and painful, as a manifestation of awakened energy. It is a commitment to see everything and anything as a means by which we can awaken further.

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  • Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

    Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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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.

    Taking the Leap : Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

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  • Green Buddhism : Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times

    Green Buddhism : Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times

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    At a time of growing environmental crisis, a pioneer of Green Buddhist thought offers challenging and illuminating perspectives.
    With species rapidly disappearing and global temperatures and sea levels rising, there is more urgency than ever in the need to understand and act on the ecological and climatic crises. Millions of Westerners are now practicing Buddhism and mindfulness--what perspectives, teachings, and practices can Buddhist traditions contribute to the green conversation? Drawing on her decades of experience as an environmental scientist, teacher, Buddhist practitioner, and nature lover, author Stephanie Kaza offers a range of insights into the meaning and possibilities of Green Buddhism. The essays collected in this volume provide a comprehensive guide to the most important topics and developments that have occurred at the intersection of Buddhist practice and environmentalism, as well as helpful guidance for how individuals and communities can use Buddhist worldviews, principles, and practices to live more sustainable and connected lives.

    Green Buddhism : Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times

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  • Becoming Bodhisattvas : A Guidebook for Compassionate Action

    Becoming Bodhisattvas : A Guidebook for Compassionate Action

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    Best-selling American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön presents a friendly and encouraging guide to spiritual practice for all those who want to take up the path of the bodhisattva--one who aspires to live life with courage, generosity, patience, fearlessness, and compassion.

    Becoming Bodhisattvas : A Guidebook for Compassionate Action

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