Listen to Pema Chödrön’s wisdom on staying open and getting out of your comfort zone during turbulent times.
“We can talk about ending war and we can march for ending war, we can do everything in our power, but war is never going to end as long as our hearts are hardened against each other.”
“[Shantideva] says, ‘If these long-lived, ancient, aggressive patterns of mine that are the wellspring only of unceasing woe, that lead to my own suffering as well as the suffering of others, if these patterns still find their lodging safe within my heart, how can joy and peace in this world ever be found?’”
“We have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid, to find the soft spot and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility. That’s true spiritual warriorship. That’s the true practice of peace.”
“How we work with ourselves today is how a shift away from widespread aggression will come about.”
“Somehow right there, in these moments that we’re given over and over, we can realize that the insecurity that we’re feeling has the potential of creating a new culture, one based on love and compassion rather than on fear and aggression.”
“A solid reinforcement on how to stop the reflexive and habitual emotional reaction to perceived hostility through patience, pausing, and breathing. It's not easy, but it is simple.”
“In her timely book, Pema Chödrön offers her insights on the origins of world conflict. Anger originates in our own hearts, she asserts, not on the battlefield. Only by checking our aggression on a personal level can we hope to sow the seeds of peace.”
—Body & Soul
“Pema Chödrön’s writings have been helpful to countless people trying to find some ground for their being in this chaotic world.”
Chapters 1 and 6
2 Pema Chödrön talks on which the book is based
Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is currently a student of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 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.