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The Compassion Box: Book, CD, and Card Deck Book Supplement – October 14, 2003


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  • Misc. Supplies: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (October 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590300750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590300756
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Recently, some publishers have repackaged their bread-and-butter titles as gift boxes, pairing known bestsellers with certain extras (CDs, prayer flags, Tarot cards, etc.) and doubling the price. Rarely, however, has the strategy worked so seamlessly as it does in this gift collection from Chodron, Buddhist nun and author of the bestsellers When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You. The pocket-sized book contained here, Start Where You Are, is nearly a decade old and is a popular primer on compassion-in-practice. In it, Chodron argues that to start where we are, we have to embrace our pain and learn how to live with it-and how to let it go. "It is unconditional compassion for ourselves that leads naturally to unconditional compassion for others," she writes, paraphrasing the lojong teachings that form the heart of the book. Lojong, meaning "mind training," consists of 59 "pithy slogans" about cultivating compassion. In addition to the book, this gift box contains 59 lojong cards with the teachings on one side and Chodron's commentary on the other. ("In all activities, train with slogans," says the ninth lojong card. It's advice that Chodron seems to have taken to heart.) The set comes with a little cardboard stand so that practitioners can prop a card in front of themselves during meditation, and it also offers a 43-minute CD with Chodron's spoken instructions on tonglen meditation-breathing in the suffering of others, and breathing out compassion.
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"A popular primer on compassion-in-practice. Chödrön argues that to start where we are, we have to embrace our pain and learn how to live with it—and how to let it go."—Publishers Weekly

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The mini book is great too.
Veggie Girl 80
She explains the principles of Tonglen meditation very simply so that if you have this product, you can begin practicing immediately.
Julie Jordan Scott
It is truly one of my most treasured possessions.
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93 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on October 31, 2003
Format: Misc. Supplies
I received "The Compassion Box" as a gift, not knowing at all what to expect.
The first thing I did was pop in the CD and was immediately intrigued by Pema Chodron's voice and her message. She explains the principles of Tonglen meditation very simply so that if you have this product, you can begin practicing immediately.
The Lojong cards are excellent supports as well, keeping you centered on a different principle or technique every day.
As a Non-Buddhist, I found this product exceptionally valuable to teach me how to begin implementing this beautiful practice into my life in a way which will have a significant impact on my being.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Douglas on April 24, 2004
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The essence of Buddhism, really, is practice...as opposed to belief in a doctrine. This package is such a beautifully done description of and means to the fundamental practice of compassion. It is truly one of my most treasured possessions.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lola Jovita on May 10, 2005
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If Pandora's Box opened the world to alot of the ills of negative behavior then this lovely collection from Pema Chodron is the beautiful opposite! Compassion is one of the hardest abilities in a world of ambition, greed, and competition. Centuries of buddhist wisdom are encapsulated in this wonder tool. Use this to create a habit and pattern of compassion for yourself and others. Buddha once said that all that we are begins with our thoughts, and with our thoughts we make the world. Used daily and in the moments when compassion is most called for ... the compassion box allows us to re-create our inner world ... and see the fruits of this change in our outer reality. People, place, situations, and events do not change. We can only change ourselves, our perceptions, and interact from a place of compassion and self-love. Then ... our buddha nature reaps rewards. Make compassion work for you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jorjii on February 5, 2006
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I enjoy this gift every single day, as I choose a new message to wonder about, have gratitude and compassion for......... The author has a wonderful way of inviting you to reach inside yourself...be gentle with yourself....and encourage the best of you.....regardless of your "religion"........these teachings of true compassion are good for every single soul on this earth.

Namaste' jorjii
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RA on October 6, 2013
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I bought my Compassion Box at Half Price Books for $13.95! It is a very helpful set. But selling spirituality at such an outrageous price is absolutely unethical. Nothing but greed profit motives here. You cannot say "Oh, it's just the going market price". PURE GREED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veggie Girl 80 on July 22, 2009
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Pema Chodron is such an inspiration. I switch cards every moring before I meditate, or my 7 year old daughter likes doing it the night before and trying to read it out loud. The mini book is great too. It goes into each slogan more fully, then on her commentaries on the backs of the cards. Sometimes if I do not remember the slogan from the day I might recall a past one. I was also impressed with how down to Earth she is and she makes the practice of tonglen very understandable even for someone who is fairly new at this.
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By Guidoman on January 11, 2014
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if you read it and listen to the cd, and choose a card a day, you'll find inner peace. I've shared this with 4 others whom i love. it is the good stuff.
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