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Pema Chödrön''s perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life''s difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one''s spiritual library.

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

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“Perhaps what makes Pema’s message resonate so strongly with people, no matter what their religion or spiritual path, is its universality. Each of us has experienced heartache; how we interact with that feeling, Pema says, can create the possibility of a more joyful life.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
 
“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, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and activist

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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. She is the author of numerous best-selling books, including The Places That Scare You and Living Beautifully.

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Ray F
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Caught my eye when things were falling apart for me
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2016
This book’s title caught my eye at a time when I felt like things were falling apart for me. I’ve long been open to the teachings of Buddhism and so I thought I might find some insight, even comfort, in Ms Chodron’s words. And I did, but this is not a... See more
This book’s title caught my eye at a time when I felt like things were falling apart for me. I’ve long been open to the teachings of Buddhism and so I thought I might find some insight, even comfort, in Ms Chodron’s words.

And I did, but this is not a “hand-holding,” “feel good” book. It’s blunt in its view of life as, I suppose, Buddhism tends to be. The feel of the whole was, to me, “suck it up and soldier on.” But do so with the insights of Buddhism and an enlightened point-of-view. And so when facing one of those inevitable times when we are losing it all, we can find an understanding of what we’re feeling when Ms Chodron says:

"We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold on to. Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."

She illustrates this by describing a pivotal moment in her life when things fell apart. In her youth, her husband left her and she felt that loss of her whole world with anger and fear. But out of that experience she found Buddhism, a new life and a new vocation. She eventually became thankful for the experience, and that is a major theme of the book—the idea that life is all beginnings and endings. If we can understand that, and accept it, we can go a long way in coping with the bad times.

Fear is what we’re trying to cope with in those bad times. As she stated in the above quote, we are afraid of loneliness, death, and aimlessness. She asks us to understand that at the start of the book, and then goes on to offer insight to help us deal with it. She states what her whole book is about when she says:

"What we’re talking about is getting to know fear, becoming familiar with fear, looking it right in the eye—not as a way to solve problems, but as a complete undoing of old ways of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and thinking."

I could go on and on with such quotes—there are so many quotable passages in this book. Also ideas that have helped me. Such as that things are just not what we think they are; we really don’t know anything and so we must be careful in our judgments, even judgments as to what is good and what is bad (see chapter 1). Because we never know how things will turn out.

When in emotional pain, people tend to return to those places they’ve found comfort in the past. There are times, though, when those places fail us, or don’t offer enough comfort. If you’re at such a place, then this book might be of help. It is likely to be, if you can understand and accept the basic cause of our unhappiness according to Buddhism. Ms Chodron states it as:

"Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly."

From there, you can go on to find out what you can do in your life to address samsara. And if you can find, ironically, that chasing happiness does not bring happiness, and running from pain does not eliminate pain, then you’ll be at a point where this book can help.
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Great read for anxiety-sufferers.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
I started experiencing severe anxiety and panic attacks recently. My therapist recommended Pema and I am so happy I bought this book. Each chapter is about 6 pages so I try to start every day by reading one. It helps me to set an intentional frame of mind for the day. I... See more
I started experiencing severe anxiety and panic attacks recently. My therapist recommended Pema and I am so happy I bought this book. Each chapter is about 6 pages so I try to start every day by reading one. It helps me to set an intentional frame of mind for the day. I don''t consider myself Buddhist, but I love her teachings and find myself identifying so closely with what she is saying.
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Michele in Cincy
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This Is A Must Have Book!
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2016
All of us face really hard times if we are alive and love lots of people. I love this book and give it as gifts when I know people are going through tough times. Pema Chodron has the unique ability to write in a way that you feel like a loving friend is giving you really... See more
All of us face really hard times if we are alive and love lots of people. I love this book and give it as gifts when I know people are going through tough times. Pema Chodron has the unique ability to write in a way that you feel like a loving friend is giving you really solid, helpful, kind advice that is accessible. Her wise counsel and perspective throughs you a life jacket when you think you are going to drown. I read this book the first time when I was going through my divorce and read parts of it again when I lost my daughter to cancer. It is a book you will be glad to have and glad to give.
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Maris
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Life changing
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017
This book encouraged me to make some very positive changes in my life. However, I felt like halfway through the book, Pema forgot about the topic or ran out of content and focused on meditation for the last half. I was so disappointed. There were sections in the first few... See more
This book encouraged me to make some very positive changes in my life. However, I felt like halfway through the book, Pema forgot about the topic or ran out of content and focused on meditation for the last half. I was so disappointed. There were sections in the first few chapters that I underlined, but then I skimmed the last half.
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C. Duvall
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I am very grateful for this book
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
Spot on the best book I''ve come across regarding shifting the mind around physical "inconveniences" or worse. I''m surprised that many around me have also read this but never shared it! I''ve been very vocal about how much this is helping me cope with life post cancer... See more
Spot on the best book I''ve come across regarding shifting the mind around physical "inconveniences" or worse. I''m surprised that many around me have also read this but never shared it! I''ve been very vocal about how much this is helping me cope with life post cancer treatment!
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Rick (Indiana)
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Heals the Heart
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2017
Heals the Heart. I highly recommend the writings of Pema Chodron. When Things Fall Apart, speaks to the hurt, wounded or broken parts of us, helping each of us to be at peace as we heal.
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and loved it so much i bought a copy for my ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2017
This book is incredible. I purchased it for a mindfulness course, and loved it so much i bought a copy for my sister in law. Very helpful for anyone suffering with perfectionism, anxiety, or trauma. it''s definitely a book that goes well with meditative practices!
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the kindest book in the world!
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2013
i have been reading and re-reading this book for years and years. it is my go-to book during any difficult time, and i always glean something knew regarding my current situation. pema chodron''s writing takes away a lot of the loftiness i''ve encountered while trying to read... See more
i have been reading and re-reading this book for years and years. it is my go-to book during any difficult time, and i always glean something knew regarding my current situation. pema chodron''s writing takes away a lot of the loftiness i''ve encountered while trying to read bhuddist self help books, but since pema has already gone through so much of the craziness of life, her lessons areextremely comprehensive and compassionate. i love this book because you can open it to any page and start reading and you will find something you can use. love it. thank you pema! i recommend all her books. the places that scare you is awesome and a good one for impulsive activity, including jumping to conclusions, anger, etc, is called don''t bite the hook. those are my 3 favorites. oh, i guess it would help to mention my reasons for seeking out this genre of information: i went through a terrible breakup, moved across the country with my dog, the dog bit someone ferociously on the neck, i lost my dog and the house i was living at the time (on the same day as losing the dog), was outcast from my group of friends because they saw my dog as an extension of me, went to live in a basement apartment, started drinking heavily, and fell into a depression that consisted of me waking up, taking an ambien, and going back to sleep. then when i woke up again, i would just take more ambien until i fell asleep again. i lost about 15 pounds on my already 120 pound frame, and contemplated "disappearing" whenever i was awake. it was a completely sucktastic time. i do indeed credit pema for helping me see that i had to kick my butt into gear and grab ahold of the reins.
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Michael Brown
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Changed my life
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2018
I read this book six months after my wife passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. It has helped me to see how I have been keeping her loss at arms length by keeping myself manically busy. I found that by calming down as she suggests and stopping trying to achieve I have...See more
I read this book six months after my wife passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. It has helped me to see how I have been keeping her loss at arms length by keeping myself manically busy. I found that by calming down as she suggests and stopping trying to achieve I have reconnected with my darling wife and accepted her loss. It helped me to find peace and I can now move on with my life. What a gift this book has given me. Thank you.
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Tarah E. Mcdonald
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Must have
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2020
Everyone ought to read this beautiful book. Pema Chodron does not avoid by encouring us to merely recite affirmations,nor does she have unscientific versions of quantummechanics to describe why we suffer. She teaches us to be present, to stay with ourselves and eventually...See more
Everyone ought to read this beautiful book. Pema Chodron does not avoid by encouring us to merely recite affirmations,nor does she have unscientific versions of quantummechanics to describe why we suffer. She teaches us to be present, to stay with ourselves and eventually with others. Simple presence brings acceptance and we are no longer at war with ourselves or defined by our ''stories''. I bought this at a very hard time in my life and it was and is precious to me.
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teresa milne
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Life Changing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 10, 2017
This is the first book I have read by Pema and found it easy to read,understand and practical. I was very relieved to read pain is Ok, I have always avoided hurt,anger,sadness and always felt like going round in circles with emotions. This book has shown me it''s not going...See more
This is the first book I have read by Pema and found it easy to read,understand and practical. I was very relieved to read pain is Ok, I have always avoided hurt,anger,sadness and always felt like going round in circles with emotions. This book has shown me it''s not going to kill me to face true emotions and help me to stop running from myself. Will be reading more,thank you.
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Kimberley
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Insightful Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2019
Although I am not one who has every really practised meditation and can''t say for certain that I will make it a regular practice this book is still a great help. I''ve had great emotional trauma and this book discusses having developing the thought process to accept life''s...See more
Although I am not one who has every really practised meditation and can''t say for certain that I will make it a regular practice this book is still a great help. I''ve had great emotional trauma and this book discusses having developing the thought process to accept life''s uncertainties and also to accept your own thoughts and feelings without judgement. I will definitely look into Pema Chodron''s other books once have finished this one. Delivery was quick and the book arrived in pristine condition.
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Margaret C.
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Beautiful book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2016
Pema Chodron is one of my heroes, and this book has helped me through recovery from lymphoma. Having lived in the busy world of family and children before she became a full time Buddhist nun she completely understands the stresses and strains of everyday life. her writing...See more
Pema Chodron is one of my heroes, and this book has helped me through recovery from lymphoma. Having lived in the busy world of family and children before she became a full time Buddhist nun she completely understands the stresses and strains of everyday life. her writing is pure, honest and straight from the heart - and also really funny. Highly recommend this, and your life doesn''t have to be falling apart to appreciate her wise words.
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