• Title: The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving Kindness
  • Author: Pema Chödrön
  • ISBN: 9781570628726
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
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    The Wisdom of No Escape And the Path of Loving Kindness This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations embracing the potent mixture of joy suffering brilliance and confusion that characterizes the human experience Pema Ch dr n shows us
    This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience Pema Ch dr n shows us the profound value of our situation of no escape from the ups and downs of life.

    One Reply to “The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving Kindness”

    1. Oh lordie. Pema Chodron makes me understand how people go insane and become fundamentalists. She is SO SMART and EVERYONE should just walk around thinking about her ALL THE TIME.

    2. "Once you know that the purpose of your life is simply to walk forward and continually to use your life to wake you up rather than put you to sleep, then there's that sense of wholeheartedness about inconvenience, wholeheartedness about convenience. . Comfort orientation murders the spirit--that was the general message. Opting for coziness, having that as your prime reason for existing, becomes a continual obstacle to taking a leap and doing something new, doing something unusual, like going as [...]

    3. Pema Chodron takes Tich Naht Hahn's Zen Buddhist wisdom and makes it readable. No totally obscure allegories or fragments of wisdom to decode for meaning. She is straight from the heart, speaks of her experience, and translates the traditional Buddhist teachings into an every day accessible language and practice. I reference Tich Naht Hahn, but she is actually from a different school of Buddhism under Tringpah Ringpoche.

    4. A beautiful series of talks given during a 1-month "dathun" (practice period) by Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön, at a monastery called Gampo Abbey. It may be as close as I come to meditation practice at a monasterybut this description in the preface made me feel throughout the book as if I were almost there (easy to visualize because it sounds like my home in the Pacific Northwest that's forever a part of me): "The abbey is located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia at the end of along dirt road, [...]

    5. As a teacher, Pema Chödrön is something of a cross between Thich Nhat Hanh and Charlotte Joko Beck. She is a bit more Western than Thich Nhat Hanh, but not quite as original as Joko Beck. However, her talks are more grounded in the Tibetan tradition than a Zen one. This book is a collection of dharma talks given over the course of a one month retreat. The majority of the talks present sound, practical advice derived from the wisdom her teachers. For at least the first half of the book, there w [...]

    6. I picked Pema Chodron's book after I saw it laying on a friend's coffee table, intrigued but not completely convinced. I expected a self-helpy and precious book that I would drop after reading the first few pages. I was surprised, however, when Chodron's clear, intellectual prose brought me to a wholly unexpected place. Buddhism is often overly-cerebral and vague to me, with metaphorical stories I can never quite grasp. Chodron, a Buddhist nun, writes from the Buddhist perspective with a recogni [...]

    7. I honestly believe that reading this book may have saved my life. I found it in the midst of the greatest crisis in my life, and I think it's what helped me to get through it.

    8. I read this book right after I crushed my hand and was experiencing nearly constant panic. It reached me through that buzz when nothing else could. I gave it to my mom to look at when she visited and she borrowed it for like 3 years. I just got it back. I remembered a story about ravens being knocked around in the desert wind, literally holding onto phone lines by their beak and claws. then how they would just let go and play in the fury. there was so much joy and fearlessness in the idea that I [...]

    9. I would not call myself a particularly "spiritual" person, but someone who I respect deeply for his ability to treat all things with an even temper gave me this book. While I can't say that I practice this all the time (ha ha ha), I respect the idea that 1) it's important to accept yourself, including all of your glorious faults, 2) all things can teach you something, and 3) we should all try to be a little gentler with ourselves and with others.

    10. My second time reading this. First time was in Victoria, borrowed directly from the Shambhala Centre. It blew my mind.

    11. With her typical warmth, Pema again teaches me how to live. How to make friends with who we are. With who others are. This book is something that I would love to dip into every now and then -because the learnings from these are something that I need to refresh myself with all the time.

    12. The first part of this book resonated with me more than the second part. Chapter 3 "Finding Our Own True Nature" begins with a metaphor of horses and how the worst horse turns out to be the best practitioner, not the best horse, the horse everyone wants to be when they first hear the story. There is also wonderful story at the beginning of the chapter titled "Joy" about strawberries. I was reading it during the same week our local strawberries were right at their peak. Enjoy the moment. Discussi [...]

    13. very approachable teachings. perfect timing for the practice of tonglen and for the definition of "bardo"--"you've left the shore, but you haven't arrived anywhere yet. You don't know where you're going, and you've been out there at sea long enough that you only have a vague memory of where you came from. you've left home, you've become homelessat's called the bardo, in-between." "not quite here, not quite there, just hanging out in this sort of uneasy space and having to sit with it hour after [...]

    14. I listened to this book on disc and really enjoyed it. I actually listened to each cd twice in a row, (I kept it in my car)before going on to the next disc. I would recommend listening as opposed to reading it, as it felt like a good friend talking to me, and offering great advice. I have been able to use a little of what I learned about experiencing our unpleasant feelings without wallowing in them, or trying to run away from them.

    15. Just a simple series of short talks by Pema Chodron, I think most if not all of them are transcribed from events she spoke at, at a little over 100 pages, this book cut right through me. The main gist is to accept your life, embrace everything about it with gentleness and for God's sake be a friend to yourself instead of frustrated all of the time. I really needed to hear what she had to say. I highly recommend anyone take a few hours and check it out.

    16. This book has absolutely transformed me. It's told with such heart and care and utter love and allows you to hear things about yourself that you have been afraid of without even knowing it. It was the first book I read for a yoga teacher training, and cannot wait to dive into more. So highly recommended. I know I will visit this one over and over through the years, and push it on many an unsuspecting friend in need of insight.

    17. I don't agree with all of it, but there's lots of good stuff here on cultivating presence of mind and openness to oneself and the world.cally advice on how to be at home with yourself and roll with the punches life brings. Something I really needed to read about now.

    18. As always, Pema's books give you the reality testing and support you need when struggling thru a tough time in your life…Written with grace and humility and humor, she scores yet again with another winner

    19. Very helpful book about how to be more at peace with your world. I typically get turned off by many such books as the author feels patronizing but Pema Chodron speaks with such humbleness that any wisdom she bestows feels warranted.

    20. Good, but it felt like I was reading a programming book slightly beyond my skill level. Which is also good.

    21. Read it for a University undergrad course, and it brought Buddhism from the strictly pedagogical to the real world and personal practice. Most excellent.

    22. I borrowed this book of brief talks (given during a month-long Buddhist meditation retreat) from the library after seeing it recommended on brainpickings, and although it was very short, I enjoyed reading it slowly, rationing myself to one talk daily to give myself time to reflect on each section. I liked the down-to-earth and humorous (often self-deprecating) style, and found it generally persuasive (in the abstract, anyway). She quotes her teacher, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, as saying that th [...]

    23. This was my first audiobook experience with Hoopla (see if your public library has access to it, it's amazing!). The quality of the recording was meh and I'm a little disappointed that Pema doesn't read it herself, but it's all fine. I really like listening to an audiobook as a delivery method for my much needed constant-stream of Buddhism/mindfulness.Even moreso with an audiobook, I'm made aware of how little I can directly recall from these books. In the present, when I'm reading/listening, it [...]

    24. What beautiful talks by Pema Chödrön. She guides us, very thoughtfully and gently, through how one can carry forward through meditation, how one can deal with the demons within us and the dragons outside us, and reminds us how precious life is-- how precious to be born human-- how impermanent life is-- the inevitability of the law of cause and effect -- and the futility in seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. She does not cast a net of highfalutin language from a castle high above, but rather s [...]

    25. I don't think I could touch its depth in the first read, but highly recommended for self-reflection.An excerpt: The problem is that the desire to change is fundamentally a form of aggression toward yourself. The other problem is that our hangups, unfortunately or fortunately, contain our wealth. Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.

    26. A friend gave me this book in like2007 and I've brought it along on almost all my travels (it is so portable!), without, however, ever actually reading it. I'm not sure I've ever read a book this slowly, with the exception of the other book I'm currently reading super-slowly, The Rise & Fall. The most opposite books. This is one makes me want to be brave. Maybe the other will, too.

    27. Love Pema Chodron.Sometimes I'm just not as deeply into the practice as I need to be to get everything out of her teachings, especially about Tonglen. That said, she is incredibly accessible and points out the fallibility of even the revered Buddhist teachers.Love her.

    28. An insightful primer on living openly and embracing the stillness as well as the tumult, Chödrön shares a much needed reminder of the power of acceptance, be it of pain, fear, or--perhaps most crucially--yourself, just as you are.

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