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Book Title: Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics)|
The author of the book: Pema Chödrön
Date of issue: August 21st 2001
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 443 KB
Read full description of the books Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics):I have been (re)reading this book since I bought. Chödrö's presentation of Buddhist teachings is changing my life one moment at a time. From other comments I've seen, Start Where You Are goes better if the reader has some familiarity with Buddhist teachings; it would not be the book to start with if you just want to know about Buddhism.
There are three components to the teaching of this book, all of them traditional Buddhist teachings, and especially tied to Tibetan Buddhism. If you want to know about these practices, I recommend the book. I'll just describe each briefly.
You may be more familiar with "vipassana" as the name of mindfulness meditation. The point here is becoming aware of one's flow of thoughts moment-by-moment.
The 59 lojong slogans intend to free you from conditioned reactions that bring suffering to you and others.
Tonglen is a meditation practice to make you aware of your own and others sufferings and joys and to absorb the sufferings and share the joys.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to the reader who already knows some basic of Buddhism and is serious about progressing on the bodhisattva path. Bodhi! Svaha!
Read information about the authorAni Pema Chödrön (Deirdre Blomfield-Brown) is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, closely associated with the Kagyu school and the Shambhala lineage.
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 grandchildren.
While in her mid-thirties, she traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years. She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him.
Ani Pema first met her root guru, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972. Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Trungpa, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong.
Ani Pema served as the director of the Karma Dzong, in Boulder, CO, until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave her explicit instructions on establishing this monastery for western monks and nuns.
Ani Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.
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