When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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Shambhala Publications, Sep 26, 2000 - Religion - 160 pages
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The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. Chödrön discusses:

· Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage
· Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down
· Practices for reversing habitual patterns
· Methods for working with chaotic situations
· Ways for creating effective social action
 

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Contents

1 Intimacy with Fear
1
2 When Things Fall Apart
8
3 This Very Moment Is the Perfect Teacher
16
4 Relax As It Is
24
5 Its Never Too Late
32
6 Not Causing Harm
41
7 Hopelessness and Death
49
8 Eight Worldly Dharmas
59
14 The Love That Will Not Die
111
15 Going against the Grain
120
16 Servants of Peace
126
17 Opinions
140
18 Secret Oral Instructions
147
19 Three Methods for Working with Chaos
155
20 The Trick of Choicelessness
164
21 Reversing the Wheel of Samsara
177

9 Six Kinds of Loneliness
68
10 Curious about Existence
77
11 Nonaggression and the Four Maras
84
12 Growing Up
95
13 Widening the Circle of Compassion
101
22 The Path Is the Goal
184
Bibliography
189
Resources
190
Back Cover
193
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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.

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