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The Wisdom of No Escape

and the Path of Loving-Kindness
Paperback Book
June, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This lovely book, from Pema Chodron, author of When Things Fall Apart, consists of talks given during a one-month practice period in the spring of 1989. Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, a Buddhist monastery established for westerners under the guidance of her teacher, Chogyam Trungpa.

The down-to-earth guidance in cultivating basic sanity and befriending ourselves is presented in short talks (chapters) such as: “Precision, Gentleness, and Letting Go,” “Weather and the Four Noble Truths,” “Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose,” “Sending and Taking,” and “Taking a Bigger Perspective.”

The message for the reader is to be with oneself without embarrassment or harshness. This is instruction on how to love oneself and one’s world. It is therefore simple, accessible instruction on how to alleviate human misery at a personal and global level.

The Wisdom of No Escape is about saying yes to life, about making friends with ourselves and our world, and about accepting the delightful and painful situation of “no exit.” It exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to everything and to use the abundant, richly textured fabric of everyday life as our primary spiritual teacher and guide.

Beginning to realize how precious life is becomes one of your most powerful tools. It’s like gratitude... Basically, it doesn’t matter how bad it gets, once you have this feeling of gratitude for your own life and the preciousness of human birth, then it takes you into any realm.

“Pema’s deep experience and her fresh way of looking at things are like mountain water—clear and refreshing, as good dharma should be.” —Jack Kornfield

Among Pema Chodron’s other books are The Places that Scare You and Start From Where You Are.


Publisher’s Description: 

This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestationsembracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience. Pema Chdrn shows us the profound value of our situation of "no escape" from the ups and downs of life.

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