The Pocket Pema Chodron (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

First time reading Pema. Dec 16, Ms. Jared rated it it was amazing. Love, love, loved this one! She's very down to earth and human and her writing is very relatable. I appreciate that she reminds us that just because we're seeking enlightenment and on this path to awakening to life and knowing ourselves that it won't be perfect and that we'll still have pain and suffering and difficulty.

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We can stop struggling with what occurs and see its true face without calling it the enemy. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought. I Love Pema Chadron. No trivia or quizzes yet. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California.

It's not like we can just follow these specific steps and we'll be all fixed and happy and enlightened. It's always going to be a learning process and we hopefully just learn ho Love, love, loved this one! Jun 18, Carisa Sullivan rated it it was amazing. I love Pema my pocket Pema too. Her words are introspective and even if one is not a practicing Buddhist, she speaks both eloquently and practically in a way that presents living life with all its nuance and its hugeness a little bit differently Dec 19, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: Lots of quick quotes from Pema; perfect for the Buddhist beginner, but for someone who reads all of her books, there will be lots of repetition.

May 21, Alex rated it it was amazing. I carry this around in my pocket, and read from it regularly.

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It's a wonderful little thing, keeps my feet on the ground. Apr 29, Rosie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Oct 28, Kerri Fairclough rated it it was amazing. Dec 05, Caitlin rated it it was amazing. I read it straight through slowly from beginning to end, but it's the kind of book you can pick up at random anytime, read a few pages and have your day enriched. Now that I've read it once, I'm sure I will do just that, and often! The short passages make for great bedtime reading too.

Jul 20, Marty rated it it was amazing. Beautiful, gentle, everyday wisdom from a master Jan 04, Hillary roberts rated it it was amazing. I Love Pema Chadron. She talks openly and honestly about how she fails at times to live you to the whole zen thing but she never makes you feel like you are an asshole if you are struggling to get to a higher plane of existence I guess is how I would put it. This book is like a devotional book filled with short stories of hers. You can read one then go back and read another one when you need an upl I Love Pema Chadron. You can read one then go back and read another one when you need an uplift.

Her view on things will really make you think. For example, I feel like I am generally a great person at this point in my life. I try and be all zen and stuff and look for the good in people and all of that. Yet reading some of her teachings, I realize how far I have to go. Yet I don't feel like she is talking down to me like I get the feeling with some Christian authors.

I feel like she is merely pointing out a way up. Like she is clearing the path for me so to speak. This review was originally posted on Adventures in Never Never Land Feb 02, Ian Mathers rated it it was amazing Shelves: I also felt a bit weird about reading the work of a religious tradition I don't actually belong to or plan to join, before I remembered how much Christian philosophy you get when you study that in school not to mention there are plenty of writers from various traditions I enjoy and get things of value from without subscribing to that religion or church.

I do want to read more at some point. I'm not really going to use this space to go into any real depth about the thought contained here, but while I continue to see common threads or mutually reinforcing ideas between different thinkers and schools I like, here I especially like the emphasis on gentleness and fallibility.

Shambhala Pocket Classics: The Pocket Pema Chodron by Pema Chödrön (2008, Paperback)

I actually lent it to a friend at work who was feeling stressed out; I can't think of many books I've read that seem as directly applicable to that situation. I hope it's helping. Oct 26, BD Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you are looking for a "best of for the Buddhist mind", this little book is perfect.

The "pocket Pema" as I enjoy calling it is a book I have read at least four times and read a little bit each day in order. Pema Chodron has a beautiful writing voice and delivers messages about confronting fear, learning compassion, living in the present moment, and many many other Buddhist principles to guide ANYONE to become a warrior to the awakened heart Bodhisattva.

I would recommend this book for begi If you are looking for a "best of for the Buddhist mind", this little book is perfect. I would recommend this book for beginners looking to explore Buddhist and even more advanced souls looking to get a momentary fix of simple lessons. Nov 20, Christine rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book. I thought it was inspiring, positive and helpful. It's the kind of book you read to help get greater perspective on life This book had little snippets from lots of other books by Pema Chodron, and it was nice to get that "buffet style or a little bit of everything" format.

It helped me get a broad understanding of her work. Aug 11, Aayla rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've been studying Buddhism a lot lately, so I really wanted something small that I could always carry with me and that would be an accessible way to remind myself of the important stuff.

This is just the right fit.

Each "story" is one to three small pages long, but even in that short space, it gets at the heart of the issue. I've read through all of it, and now I can't wait to be able to refer to certain passages when I'm having trouble. Sep 01, Amanda rated it it was amazing. This is a great place to start with Pema Chadron as it is a collection of passages taken from the various books she has written. In the back of the book there is guide to which books the passages originated from which might help you determine which Pema Chadron book you decide to read next.

I like that her writing is very simple and straightforward. Feb 04, Barbara Auito rated it it was amazing. We can stop struggling with what occurs and see its true face without calling it the enemy. It helps to remember that our spiritual practice is not about accomplishing anything - not about winning or losing - but about ceasing to struggle and relaxing as it is. That is what we are doing when we sit down to meditate.

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That attitude spreads into the rest of our lives. Oct 27, Jason Marciak rated it really liked it. A collection of the lessons of experience from and for people who are seeking to waken more fully into their life. Each excerpt carry lessons about suffering, thoughtfulness, compassion, and reflection.

The qualities outlined in the writing would be familiar to most anyone but they have been presented in such a way that offer new insights about life from a very personal and also a universal standpoint. Aug 11, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: The short verse are short in length only bc they keep me thinking for a long time. On the rare occasion I'm getting nothing from the passage, it is so small I can't throw it too far!

May 17, Ann Getman rated it really liked it. Little bits of wisdom, to read a few, or one, at a time, or all at once if you can't get enough. Feb 16, Elizabeth Black rated it liked it Shelves: I focus on one chapter a day and every time I'm feeling anxious and stressed I read it and instantly feel calm and centered. I may read it five times or I may read it five hundred times.

Like seated mediation, I read it when I need to return to a place of calm. Reading this book is like stepping outside for a breath of fresh air. It's small and concise yet infinitely powerful! It's everything wonderful you've read by Pemi but squeezed into a tiny travel size to carry in your handbag or store in a nightstand drawer.

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Give this book a read. This is the most amazing book of little nuggets of wisdom I have ever read. A friend recommended Pema Chodron's writings to me because she says that some of the things I say sounded like her. Which is a HUGE compliment to me. I can't claim much in the way of wisdom, but I freely share what I've learned from AA. Reading Pema makes me wonder if Bill and Bob might not have had a Buddhist pal. There's definitely some common ground there.

Goes to what I've always thought; no matter the spiritual beliefs one may have, love and compassion are a major component. However I arrived at that belief, I'm grateful. Pema Chodron is simply my favorite spiritual writer and I'm glad to have The Pocket Pema to carry with me while traveling. She has helped me tremendously after the death of my beloved husband and she has helped increase my compassion towards all living things.

Apparently I didn't truly grasp the concept of "pocket". Otherwise a very cute little book filled with wisdom. Pema is a gem and I carry this in my purse for perusing wherever and whenever I have wait time and want the very best mind traffic running through me. As a Shambhalyan I recognize and value Pema's clear and loving presentation of the principles and precepts that our current tradition holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and our original teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche bestowed upon us. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This book can help pull you out of it.

This book is amazing for when you just feel like crap and you think you should have it ALL together by now and what's your problem etc The firs 11 pages really have power to comfort when you're in some crappy place and want to blame yourself. Part outline, part entree, part reminder of all that we have read earlier from Pema, the notes we would have taken in her class were we enlightened enough to do so. The more extended teachings -- on happiness, fear, uncertainty, on identifying the hook of habitual behaviors and choosing otherwise, on seeking out rather than avoiding the life in which you are "continually thrown out of the nest," on the difference between repressing and refraining -- remain essential, and references to those sources are provided in the back of this little pocket book.

Yet this diminutive, pithy collection is like an extended slogan, or the stone pocketed on the shore during your last night at retreat, a convenient yet powerful reminder of something good and sane that can help guide you through times -- such as these -- when goodness and sanity are up against some pretty ancient thinking and habits.

It's the nature of things to change, Pema tells us, "and you don't have to freak out about it. The reader should come to this collection aware that it is a sampling, a distillation. Some of the teachings are complex; some of the students are not ready; times change, receptiveness matures. Pema wouldn't tell you to "abandon hope," if it were not good for you, so be willing to learn more about that, if it seems at odds with your expectations. Start here, and then use the references to read further. See all reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews.

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