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Always Maintain a Joyful Mind (Book and CD): And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness Hardcover – July 31, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Har/Com edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590304608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590304600
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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This recording of a seminar by Pema Chšdršn is a brief introduction to a set of Tibetan pith teachings referred to as lojong. The seminar, Opening the Heart, introduces the use of lojong as a basis for meditation and a tool for awakening compassion within oneself as one deals with daily challenges. ChšdršnÕs teaching is clear and articulate. There is a small amount of audience feedback in the background, which is a reminder that this is not a studio recording despite the clear sound quality. The CD ends with a meditation led by Chšdršn. The program is accompanied a book that contains the 59 pith slogans of lojong, each with a brief commentary. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is also the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Poley on April 22, 2011
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Fabulous insights - I read this on a regular basis and it helps me be more conscious of my thoughts and live mindfully!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ygdrasl on August 8, 2008
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The Lojong teachings are translated here by an English speaker with great feeling for nuance.
Her explanations are pithy and insightful.
I'm copying them onto pages of my datebook so I have them to reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2013
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The book contains a gentle happy and accepting approach TO LIFE. Relax, be aware and enjoy. I refer to it frequently as a relaxing technique
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ocean viewer on March 25, 2013
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This Pema Chodin book has been one of the most helpful for me in understanding Lojong teachings.It's simplicity is wonderful.Very clear and helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackoak66 on January 16, 2013
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Really makes you think, it takes "happiness is an inside" job to a whole different Level! 4 more words required?
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35 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on July 31, 2007
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Small book of 59 Lojong "mind training" slogans from Chekawa Yeshe Dorje's "The Root Text of the 7 Points of Training the Mind" (#21 is the title) + "Opening the Heart" CD on Tonglen. Left hand pages are aphorisms; right-hand are Pema's pithy commentary ~Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics). 42:57 CD w/4 tracks: Intro=0:23, Tonglen Purpose/Practice=16:09, 3 stages=9:50, guided meditation=16:35; recorded during 11/99 Berkeley CA retreat ~Tonglen, the Path of Transformation. p. vii: "The primary focus of my personal practice & teaching," randomly focuses on one/day; p. viii: "The basic notion of lojong is that we make friends with what we reject, what we see as `bad' in ourselves & in other people" [~Jungian shadow integration] & p. xi: the slogans always introduce me to a bigger perspective...to transform all circumstances into the path of enlightenment"=practical application ~The Compassion Box: Book, CD, and Card Deck.

Causes of Suffering: p. 25: "Your own self-righteousness causes you to get all worked up and to suffer; p. 35: Ego-clinging causes you to suffer; pp. 112-3: self pity...increases your suffering (and that of others)."

Transformation of Poison into Elixir [lemons to lemonade]: p. 29: Shunyata or "complete openness"
p. 39: The entire Buddhist teachings (dharmas) are about lessening one's self absorption, one's ego-clinging. This is what brings happiness to you & all beings.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tom McGee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2008
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Pema Chodron's book is 119 pages. Most have one sentence on the left page and a short paragraph on the right side. This is the first book I have read by this author. I believe that she has more to say than what was presented in this short book. Because many of the sentences and explanations though short were profound, I rate this book as good and look forward to reading her book, The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness.
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Pemma is better in person, but these recordings will save your sanity when your alone and lonely and need some help. There is not much real "self-help" that works, and Buddhism is not self help. It's an ancient philosophy that can help with sanity, peace, releasing rather than switching addictions, and basically becoming a nicer person if you dont' take it, or anything, to seriously. Pema, I love you. I'm so grateful for you're teaching and love and humor and of course Chogram. Rock On !
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