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Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Library) Hardcover – March 9, 2004
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At a very difficult time in my life, I just kept starting at the beginning every time I finished reading it. I felt as if I knew Pema Chodron personally by reading her books. And having read everything of Chogyam Trungpa's that I could find prior, I had a strong grasp of the foundation from which she learned, but that is certainly not a prerequisite to benefiting from her teachings.
I would also strongly recommend her earlier book: The Wisdom of No Escape.
Also, unlike a lot of other books on Eastern religion that I've read, she uses really western metaphors, which makes the book very accessible.
Besides, how could you NOT like a book that contains the line:
"One of my favorite dharma teachers is Dr. Seuss; he captures the human condition so beautifully."
So, if you'd like to know what Star-Belly Sneetches have to do with compassionate living with an open heart, this is definitely the book for you.
This book works on many levels... I am not a 'serious practitioner,' by any means, but someone who goes to work every day and has to deal with many frustrations and stresses, but this book offers practical methods that help you deal with just these impediments in your life, so that you can be happier, and give more happiness to others.
I also sense that for someone who is more dedicated to making their life centered on spiritual practice, this book is a foundation for such a disciplined path as well.
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Of her many, many books - get this one. And then maybe don't get any/many others. They all are very much the same material presented slightly differently. This one has it all.Published 23 days ago by whisslstop
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If you let your past and future self hold you back this book will remind you to let that go. Forgive and move onPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Pema, and I really enjoyed her other books. But this one is a bit hard for me to read. It's mostly about learning to meditate and there are several terms in different... Read morePublished 3 months ago by princess
I have read a lot of her books and this one is one of my favorites.Published 3 months ago by Donna Jacobs