The Wisdom of No Escape: And the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chödrön

By Pema Chödrön

It’s attainable to assert convinced to existence in all its manifestations, Pema Chödrön teaches—by embracing all of the happiness and anguish, the entire intelligence and confusion which are a ordinary a part of our life. Doing so opens a wellspring of braveness and love inside of our hearts. during this present version of her first e-book, Pema provides conventional Buddhist knowledge that any one can relate to.

Originally released in 1991.
First Shambhala Library variation in 2010.
eisbn 9780834821095
isbn 978087773-6325 (pbk.: alk. paper)
isbn 9781570628726 (pbk.)
isbn 9781590307939 (Shambhala Library)

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You say to yourself, “Thinking,” and as you’re saying that, basically what you are doing is letting go of those thoughts. You don’t repress the thoughts. You acknowledge them as “thinking” very clearly and kindly, but then you let them go. Once you begin to get the hang of this, it’s incredibly powerful that you could be completely obsessed with hope and fear and all kinds of other thoughts and you could realize what you’ve been doing—without criticizing it—and you could let it go. This is probably one of the most amazing tools that you could be given, the ability to just let things go, not to be caught in the grip of your own angry thoughts of passionate thoughts or worried thoughts or depressed thoughts.

It’s said in the teachings that if you hold on to your belief there will be conflict. There’s a wonderful story about this. There was a god who knew how men and women love to believe things to be true and make clubs and religions and political systems with the people who agree with them. They just love to make something out of nothing and then write its name on a big banner and march down the street waving it and yelling and screaming, only to have people who believe the opposite come toward them with their banner, yelling and screaming.

When we talk about mindfulness and awareness, we’re not talking about something stern, a discipline that we impose on ourselves so that we can clean up our act and be better and stand up straighter and smell nicer. It’s more that we practice some sense of loving-kindness toward microphones and oryoki bowls and our hands and each other and this room and all the doors we go in and out of. Mindfulness is loving all the details of our lives, and awareness is the natural thing that happens: life begins to open up, and you realize that you’re always standing at the center of the world.

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