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Practicing Peace in Times of War Paperback – September 11, 2007
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“In her timely new book, Pema Chödrön offers her insights on the origins of world conflict. Anger originates in our own hearts, she asserts, not on the battlefield. Only by checking our aggression on a personal level can we hope to sow the seeds of peace.”—Body & Soul
"Pema Chödrön's writings have been helpful to countless people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world."—Bill Moyers
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This little book contains 6 essays edited from speeches the author gave. Each one contains grains of truth that can help you stop reacting in fear and anger to situations around you and instead to embrace patience and refrain from acting (or reacting), thus stopping the chain reaction of violence that seems to be swallowing our world.
Although I am not a Christian, this book seems to reflect the core teachings of Jesus when he advised his disciples to "turn the other cheek," "go the extra mile," and when he encouraged them to realize that the person who needs the most help is our neighbor, not the person we feel most alike.
This book has the potential to change your life (and mine) if we simply read the text and allow its messages to sink into our hearts.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me & through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
Per "Awakening Compassion," Pema invokes Tonglen whereby p. 81: "Your own discomfort can connect you with the aversion & pain of other people & awaken your compassion." Furthermore, with mindfulness p.Read more ›
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What can one person do to bring about peace? This book answers the question. I've considered carrying extra copies of the book to give to friends and strangers: maybe this review will encourage you in some way to pick up a copy for yourself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pema always delivers. Even though I have read the same words in her other books a reminder is always welcome.Published 11 months ago by cynthia jenkins
Very good advice, very sound, good read. She obviously has a hard time using the word LOVE, but that's o.k., the point is still the same.Published 13 months ago by R. Shifferd
Beautiful, well written short book. Pith instructions for practicing peace in your life. Pema at her best!Published 15 months ago by Donna Carey
I count Pema Chodron as an important teacher in my life. Her books are always helpful. Blessings on you, Pema Chodron!Published 16 months ago by Barbara D.
I have re-shared the Jarvis Masters story about the bird many times. It is a beautiful, simple truth that touched me deeply and very relevant to the book as a whole. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A.M.