Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Hardcover)
This is a beautiful, gift book edition (with a ribbon marker) of a modern-day classic. "Start Where You Are " is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chodron, author of "The Wisdom of No Escape "and "When Things Fall Apart, "presents down-to-earth guidance on how to make friends with ourselves and develop genuine compassion toward others. The author shows how we can "start where we are" by embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chodron frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as:
"Always apply a joyful state of mind"
"Don't seek others' pain as the limbs of your own happiness"
"Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment"
Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, "Start Where You Are "shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our own inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.
About the Author
Pema Chodron_ is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many spiritual classics, including When Things Fall Apart (Shambhala, 2002), The Places that Scare You (Shambhala, 2004), and Taking the Leap (Shambhala, 2009). She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul and the late Chogyam Trungpa. See pemachodronfoundation.org.
"Gives down-to-earth instructions for walking the Buddhist talk of compassion."—Shambhala Sun
"As one of Pema Chödrön's grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart."—Alice Walker