When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
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So she begins the book by telling the story of how her marriage ended, when her husband drove up to their house one day and announced that he had met ...more
I have never heard Buddhist philosophy laid out so clearly and accessibly for the Western mind. And you ...more
She writes and talks primarily about dealing with both the subtle undercurrent of fear and the rushes of fear from turbulent events that we all face in life from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective. This is my favorite book by her of the 4 or 5 that I own, and I've read it at least 10 ...more
There's so much to admire in Buddhism, and so little, I've ...more
Did I learn anything new, see something from a different perception? The simple answer is, no. Personally I thought the author preached and was rather detached in the deliverance of her wisdom, it verged on the depressing rather than uplifting optimum I was expecting.
Here are two quotes that capture this book's essence for me.
"When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be ok. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals ...more
The book goes against the grain of what we are taught about suffering and pain. Chodron says that life is suffering and that through suffering we get closer to enlightenment. I don't know, ...more
Useful read. It was recommended by and borrowed from my therapist (reading some reviews, I see at least one other person who got the same recommendation from his). I did not ...more
I don't know what else to say about this book except: read it. And may you and all beings be free from suffering.
Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist and as such, this book is mainly about Buddhism and its practices. And maybe its just because I know barely anything about Buddhism, but I found this to be a very high level book. She talks about using dharmas, ...more
Recently I was dealing with the challenges of letting go, an attachment. I'm still working through it. So it was timely that I came upon this work and weeks after placing it on hold at my local library I finally got a hold of it. It is well written and I like how ...more
This is where the review ends and my shamefully public journaling begins.
One of the ideas that I want to remember - maybe get tattooed? - is the idea of life situations as sand castles. Chodron talks about how we might put a lot of time and pride into ...more
These moments have mystery and purpose. And running from them only means we miss that experience.
There is a sense of urgency. An emphasis on the idea that we do not have all the time we think we do. It's a true approach to meditation, which on the surface seems passive.
This is because if you live life as a present moment person you begin to see every moment as ...more
I just now opened the book up at random and noticed what I had underlined: ...more
For me, everything fell apart in the early morning of November 9, 2016. I don't think that I need to say anything else other than that, but that day was the first time I really picked up a book by Pema Chodron. I'd read some of her work for a world religion class, but that was it. And my mom has the hugest admiration of her, so I've heard her name in passing before. However, since then, it's been hard. Chodron's note at the end of the book about how rough times are here and that we can choose ...more
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 ...more