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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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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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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is so very good for pithy comments on Lojong practice. She wrote a whole book on Lojong, "Start Where You Are". Lojong moves you through Buddhist teachings in a practical way. I can read just one page and remember it when I am....annoyed.....really annoyed.....uncertain....

Slogan #42, pg. 84 "Whichever of the two occurs, be patient." ...Whatever happens in your life, joyful or painful, do not be swept away by reactivity. Be patient with yourself and don't lose your sense of perspective......(pg. 85)

So I remember this for days on end. Just be patient. Really, does it help to not be patient?

Great book for inspiration. Great.
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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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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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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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What's to say, Pema Chodron the American Tibetan Nun just writes in a way that's so clear and easily understood. Buddhism usually is not easy to understand. Maybe, it's because she's American. When I'm not deep in understanding, I'm chuckling a bit.
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This us a wonderful little Book that gives simple insights to aid you each day. I use it and it is great to aid the Mind in Settling Down. It Works!
Read what you want to and give the sayings a bit of time to Rumble About your MIND LOL -Enjoy
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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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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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