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Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change Paperback – October 8, 2013
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—from Living Beautifully
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781611800760
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611800760
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Publisher : Shambhala; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1611800765
- Best Sellers Rank: #312,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The first commitment is a vow to know your triggers, a vow that whatever it takes, you’ll compassionately acknowledge when you’re hooked by the eight worldly concerns-or indeed, hooked by anything.” She completes the first section by emphasizing that awakening is not a process of building ourselves up, rather it’s a process of letting go.
Part Two: The Second Commitment: Committing to Take Care of One Another
In the next section, the author lays out the second commitment traditionally known as the Bodhisattva Vow; a commitment dedicating our lives to keeping our hearts and minds open and to nurturing our compassion with the longing to ease the suffering of the world. Ani Pema describes the second commitment as stepping further into groundlessness as a source of awakening rather than a source of dread, as a path to fearlessness rather than a threat to survival. In this section She introduces the reader to Tonglen meditation, teaching the four stages as a core practice for cultivating courage and compassion, thus accessing our interconnectedness with all beings.
Part Three: The Third Commitment: Committing to Embrace the World Just as It Is
In part three, Pema Chödrön presents what is traditionally known as the Samaya Vow, the commitment to not reject anything, surrendering to life as it is. The author states the following, “Simply put, the practice at this stage is to turn toward your experience, all of it, and never turn away.” The Samaya Vow, engaging with the simplicity of life just as it comes, is taken after the cultivation of the first two commitments; much of which involves minimizing our tendency to pin labels and preconceptions, views and opinions, on everything we perceive.
Part Four: Concluding Words
At the conclusion of the book, Pema Chödrön leaves the reader with the following question: “Are you ready to make a commitment?” In closing, we are encouraged to maintain these commitments, thus embarking on the journey of embracing the positive groundlessness of life for the sake of our loved ones, our enemies, and ourselves.
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On re-reading the book; smoking never seems to appear in the same category as other negative activities, even fairly tame ones like watching TV or surfing the internet (P6) and is not classed with other clinging activities that can hook people like food and alcohol or even shopping (P10).
"Smoking is smoking" and "oatmeal is oatmeal" (P107) right .