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We always have a choice, Pema Chodron teaches: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder. Here Pema provides the tools to deal with the problems and difficulties that life throws our way. This wisdom is always available to us, she teaches, but we usually block it with habitual patterns rooted in fear. Beyond that fear lies a state of openheartedness and tenderness. This book teaches us how to awaken our basic goodness and connect with others, to accept ourselves and others complete with faults and imperfections, and to stay in the present moment by seeing through the strategies of ego that cause us to resist life as it is."
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Pema Chodron is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chogyam 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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" Cho dro n has once again proven herself to be one of the very best working in this field." - "Library Journal" " Cho dro n demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives." - "Publishers Weekly" " A lively and accessible take on ancient techniques for transforming terror and pain into joy and compassion." - "O: The Oprah Magazine" "Chodron has once again proven herself to be one of the very best working in this field."-- Library Journal "Chodron demonstrates how effective the Buddhist point of view can be in bringing order into disordered lives."-- Publishers Weekly "A lively and accessible take on ancient techniques for transforming terror and pain into joy and compassion."-- O: The Oprah Magazine

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