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This Difficult Thing of Being Human


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We all long for someone to offer us unconditional love and support. But what if that person is us? The practice of mindful self-compassion creates the space we need so that observation, acceptance, and real love can enter, no matter how judgmental or disconnected we may feel.

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Bodhipaksa was born in Scotland and currently lives and teaches in New Hampshire. He is a Buddhist teacher and author who has been practicing within the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order since 1982. He has been a member of the Western Buddhist Order since 1993. Bodhipaksa has been examining and sharing fake Buddha quotes since 2003, most recently on the website, and is the author of I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!. He runs the online meditation center Wildmind ( to promote awareness of the positive effects of meditation and has a particular interest in teaching meditation in prisons.


"Bodhipaksa gently reminds us that compassion for others begins with compassion for ourselves. This book is a wise guide to five key skills that bring mindful self-compassion to our own suffering and allow us to move through the world with our hearts wide open." -Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

"Bodhipaksa embodies an unusual combination of penetrating wisdom, simplicity and modesty, heartfelt good humor, deep contemplative training, grounding in science, and direct clear expression. A wonderful friend and teacher for the path." -Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain

"Suffering is inherent to being human. Bodhipaksa contends that mindfulness meditation and lovingkindness or compassion meditation are powerful vehicles for meeting this challenge. He makes a compelling case with a clear presentation of these traditional meditation practices and scientific studies that show how these benefit us. Kudos!" -Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

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