Popular Buddhist teacher Chödrön has a surprise for her many readers and students: textual commentary. Her newest book comments at length on an eighth-century text by the Indian Buddhist sage Shantideva. It's a guidebook for developing bodhichitta, an awakened mind that expresses itself in compassionate action to alleviate suffering. The lengthy text will certainly be unfamiliar to beginners, but Chödrön is a wise choice for an escort. She is a clear teacher, explaining key terms (the Sanskrit term klesha, for example, may be translated as neurosis or affliction) and making things simple and characteristically plainspoken ("When we are distracted, we can't remember anything we've studied or read"). She is also the right kind of motivator, telling readers immediately what's in it for them: this book can inspire those who want to make the world a better place. Readers will need a helpful teacher and patience to take up the challenge offered by the long Buddhist text, which has been important in Chödrön's own study. It's not a book for beginners or a good introduction to Chödrön's own body of accessible work. But for those wanting depth and greater awareness of the Buddhist canon, this book opens a door. (Nov. 8)
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“Chödrön’s commentary on Shantideva’s text is wise yet humble, and always encouraging.”—Yoga Journal
“No Time to Lose represents the fruition of Chödrön’s years of practice and study: a traditional commentary in which passages from The Way of the Bodhisattva are interspersed with her ever-approachable and pithy instructions for daily life.”—Parabola
“Chödrön provides consistently clear expositions of Shantideva’s sometimes convoluted verses and lines of argument, keeping her eye firmly on the question of how his discussion is relevant to the lives of ordinary people living in modern societies. A superlative presentation of the text.”—Buddhadharma
“In this ambitious and profound work, Chödrön hits high stride, creating a wide-ranging, accessible, and soul-stirring commentary on the classic Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva.”—Spirituality and Health
“Chödrön is a clear teacher, explaining key terms and making things simple and characteristically plainspoken. She is also the right kind of motivator, telling readers immediately what’s in it for them: this book can inspire those who want to make the world a better place.”—Publishers Weekly
“Pema Chödrön’s writings have been helpful to countless numbers of people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world.”—Bill Moyers
Our Tibetan Buddhist meditation group read this book as a group study. It's great information, and it prompted a lot of conversation and sharing about how Shantideva's Way of the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by 125
A wonderful, detailed explanation of a Buddhist classic. Rich with wise, compassionate advice for those looking to open their hearts to others and to their own experience.Published 27 days ago by Carol D.
Interesting take on the original writings. Still need to think for yourself and expand on what she proposesPublished 1 month ago by Grandma Annie
Enjoyed reading this. I like the format of presenting a few stanzas then discussion of the stanzas. This made it much easier to follow along and understand.Published 2 months ago by Robyn Johnson
Great tachings, great guru! I love this woman! Pema you rock!Published 5 months ago by Joanna Dorota Stepien