The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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Shambhala Publications, Aug 13, 2002 - Religion - 160 pages
Lifelong guidance for learning to change the way we relate to the scary and difficult moments of our lives, showing us how we can use all of our difficulties and fears as a way to soften our hearts and open us to greater kindness.

We always have a choice in how we react to the circumstances of our lives. We can let them harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and allow our inherent human kindness to shine through. Here Pema Chödrön provides essential tools for dealing with the many difficulties that life throws our way, teaching us how to awaken our basic human goodness and connect deeply with others—to accept ourselves and everything around us complete with faults and imperfections. She shows the strength that comes from staying in touch with what’s happening in our lives right now and helps us unmask the ways in which our egos cause us to resist life as it is. If we go to the places that scare us, Pema suggests, we just might find the boundless life we’ve always dreamed of.

This book is printed on deckled edge paper.
 

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This book introduces a large number of practices that seem potentially useful for coping with fear of things we can't control. But that's all it does - each chapter is a short, superficial description ... Read full review

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User Review  - eldang - LibraryThing

This book introduces a large number of practices that seem potentially useful for coping with fear of things we can't control. But that's all it does - each chapter is a short, superficial description ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 The Excellence of Bodhichitta
3
2 Tapping Into the Spring
11
3 The Facts of Life
22
4 Learning to Stay
31
5 Warrior Slogans
43
6 Four Limitless Qualities
51
7 LovingKindness
55
14 Fresh Start
109
15 Strength
112
16 Three Kinds of Laziness
120
17 Bodhisattva Activity
126
18 Groundlessness
135
19 Heightened Neurosis
144
20 When the Going Gets Rough
149
21 The Spiritual Friend
155

8 Compassion
65
9 Tonglen
73
10 Finding the Ability to Rejoice
82
11 Enhancing the Training in Joy
90
12 Thinking Bigger
93
13 Meeting the Enemy
100
22 The InBetween State
162
Concluding Aspiration
167
Practices
169
Bibliography
179
Resources
183
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About the author (2002)

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. She is the author of numerous best-selling books, including When Things Fall Apart and Living Beautifully.

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