on talks given during a one-month meditation retreat at Gampo Abbey, this book
contains teachings that were intended to inspire and encourage practitioners to
remain wholeheartedly awake to everything that occurs and to use the abundant
material of daily life as their primary teacher and guide. The message for the
retreat participants—and for the reader as well—is to
This miniature book is an abridged version of Chodron's "The Wisdom of No Escape." For portability, this edition is wonderful, but I would also recommend reading the original in full. She discusses the differences between our ideal and real selves, and to hear about the relationship between those two unreconciled points of view from a spiritual person's perspective is refreshing and precious.
She attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Pema has two children and three g...more