Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

Comfortable with Uncertainty Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion This book offers short stand alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living More than a collection of thoughts for the day Comfortable with

This book offers short, stand alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path Comfortable with UncThis book offers short, stand alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path Comfortable with Uncertainty does not assume prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making it a perfect introduction to Ch dr n s teaching It features the most essential and stirring passages from Ch dr n s previous books, exploring topics such as lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, nowness, letting go, and working with fear and other painful emotions Through the course of this book, readers will learn practical methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.

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About Author

  1. Ani Pema Ch dr n Deirdre Blomfield Brown is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, closely associated with the Kagyu school and the Shambhala lineage.She attended Miss Porter s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California Pema has two children and three grandchildren.While in her mid thirties, she traveled to the French Alps and encountered Lama Chime Rinpoche, with whom she studied for several years She became a novice nun in 1974 while studying with Lama Chime in London His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa came to England at that time, and Ani Pema received her ordination from him.Ani Pema first met her root guru, Ch gyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1972 Lama Chime encouraged her to work with Trungpa, and it was with him that she ultimately made her most profound connection, studying with him from 1974 until his death in 1987 At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong.Ani Pema served as the director of the Karma Dzong, in Boulder, CO, until moving in 1984 to rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to be the director of Gampo Abbey Ch gyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave her explicit instructions on establishing this monastery for western monks and nuns Ani Pema currently teaches in the United States and Canada and plans for an increased amount of time in solitary retreat under the guidance of Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.


Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion Comment

  1. Years ago while in a period of personal turmoil, a dear friend of mine recommended a book titled When Things Fall Apart by female Buddhist monk Pema Chodron I remember reading it and feeling connected to this woman s words, and enjoying her writings of introductory Buddhism for the lay person Now many years later I find myself yearning and seeking out of life, and am interested in delving deeper into the practice and philosophy of Buddhist thought I picked up a copy of the author s book Comfort [...]

  2. Have you ever heard the adage, When the student is ready, the teacher appears This book is like that for me I have had it for a few months now, and dipped into its very very short chapters from time to time But recently I read it fully and it lifted a blind in my window Of course I had to get past the Four truths of enlightenment and the Six beliefs of compassion and the Three ways of feeling pain The trite phrase be here now that I see in management training seminars and the seemingly obvious s [...]

  3. A super nice, amazing person gave me this book to read as I was in the fetal position over my husband s fifth bout of unemployment in eight years I tried to get into this book.I can see its wisdom However, what I really want is a different book, titled something like Taking Bite Sized Pieces of Ragged Flesh From the Bodies of Those Who Have Wronged Me or I Will Burn You And Your Entire Career To The Ground, Oh My Enemy.

  4. I ve been so reticent to take this back to the library that I finally just bought a paperback copy I m also the world s worst library employee because I dog eared some pages What delighted me about that, though, is that all the pages I turned down had been turned down previously Kindred spirits, I guess.

  5. First book on Buddhism and first book of 2018 Such a good start Reading these teachings and meditating on them is better than all the money getting paid on the new age y meditation apps In depth ideas and an amazing introduction to Buddhism Will certainly reread and buy it in paperback to keep it at hand.

  6. A multifaceted jewel and game changer When I was in DC this summer my friend Stephen gave me this book I wasn t even able to glance at it until we got back to Negril, but I loved the title I recall checking out When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron years ago, but at that time I wasn t ready to dwell deeply on these ideas.I read this book slowly, a couple of pages a day It consists of 108 short chapters excerpted from Pema s previous books This is all about how to live our lives better on a dail [...]

  7. I don t feel like I can write useful reviews for people and even for myself looking back on them about Pema Ch dr n s books Simply, she speaks to me The way she talks about things are accessible and make sense to my brain I ve yet to encounter one of her books that s bad.This one is unique in that it is made up of 108 small chapters 1 2 pages each, is that even considered a chapter from her other books This is neither a substitute nor a summary of them, but it really feels like a whole different [...]

  8. I wasn t able to read this straight through though I tried I feel that this will be a good book for me to use when I need it like medicine haha.

  9. This book takes a look a how we deal with our uncertain lives and times Chodron is a Buddhist nun and she uses the teachings of Buddhism to illustrate her points throughout the book, which is actually excerpts of lectures she has given around the world This is far from doctrinaire religion or self help as possible, in fact she gently chides religious thinking as just another way for a person to escape from what is truly real and look for a hand to hold which isn t really there The idea of waking [...]

  10. I received this book from a friend of mine right before moving from Seattle to LA to start a new job And, I should note that I had recently started doing thinking about my thinking and how it related to my actions and responses to others, having just co taught a course with the friend who game me the book on ethical philosophy to high school students So, this was an interesting book and has some great lessons about the transformative power of love and compassion, both for others and ourselves I [...]

  11. This is a great, little book 108 pithy teachings and instructions forming an integrated course of practice of vipassana, lojong, the four brahma viharas, tonglen and the bodhisattva paramitas The first year it came out, I read it through, one teaching a day for 108 days, reflecting on the teachings and following the practices Then, I began again and did it two times as an almost year long practice Since then, I ve encouraged several of my students to take up that practice and they have found it [...]

  12. You pick up a book like this with the expectation to emerge enlightened in the end, when in fact the main thing it teaches you is to drop all expectations and just face whatever comes openly The three ideas I d like to embrace from this book are mindfulness, facing your fears and that the path is the goal The three shortcomings that I found are the lack of responsibility for one s choices, disregard for goals of personal growth and most importantly the idea that only the present moment matters, [...]

  13. In this book Buddhist nun Pema Chodron explains basic ideas of Buddhism, such as being alive in the present moment, staying open to suffering and strong emotions instead of shutting down, and learning to relax in the middle of chaos She emphasizes honesty, gentleness, curiosity, interconnectedness, and being compassionate towards ourselves and others These concepts are an antidote to the stereotypical American strategies of denying and repressing feelings, focusing on the future, using technolog [...]

  14. Pema Chodron was already one of my favorite authors and teachers before bestselling journaling coach author Janet Conner recommended this title to my Book Group I liked that Pema s book was 108 short entries that could be read at the start of each day The glossary helped me understand Buddhist terminology better.Some of Chodron s passages are so well crafted that they could be epitaphs and signature quotes.Chodron is one of the great teachers of contemporary times.She is that wounded warrior who [...]

  15. I really enjoyed this book This is an example of a passage from the book that I found conveys the basic message of the book The central question is not how to avoid uncertainty and fear but how we relate to discomfort How do we practice with difficulty, with our emotions, with the unpredictable encounters of an ordinary day For those of us with a hunger to know the truth, painful emotions are like flags going up to say You re stuck We regard disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, jealousy, a [...]

  16. This is the third or fourth book by Pema Chodron that I ve read in the past five or so years I d be hard pressed to differentiate among them That s not a negative comment, though In every book, Pema s basically telling the same story she s sharing the messages of the Buddha on how to alleviate dukkha suffering, dissastisfaction and live sanely Like any good teacher, she makes her points in various ways so that we re likely to get the message maybe understand clearly, catch a nuance we may hav [...]

  17. A compilation of 108 short lessons This book has made it s way from my bookshelf to my bedside table numerous times over the years Each time I read it, I find new meaning Basic Tibetan Buddhist concepts, presented in layman s terms, applicable to anyone s life regardless of what your belief system is This is a beautiful little book which I will never really be finished with I am not sure if there is anything important than becoming comfortable with uncertainty It is thought provoking, raw, gent [...]

  18. I discovered Pema Chodron through a link on facebook by Marty Howes thanks, Marty I have been reading about Buddhism for awhile now because I don t believe in conventional religion Buddhism is about peace, love, and co existing I know, I sound like a 60 s hippie It s helping me embrace Tonglen taking in sufffering and sending forth compassion Working with the Wounded Warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan allowed me to employ this practice daily A great read especially if you re struggling with your [...]

  19. n van mijn eerste boeken over het Boeddhisme en wat een Boeddhistische openbaring Veel praktische tips en zo leerzaam voor het dagelijks leven Ik wil mijn hele leven dansen met het oncomfortabele Bijna het hele boek heb ik gemarkeerd Meest inspirerende quote uit het boek Meditation practice isn t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better It s about befriending who we are already.

  20. I never thought of myself as someone interested in Buddhism, but this book totally changed my perspective a lot of what Chodron had to say really resonated with me When I finished this book, I bought my own copy off the one I read was a library copy , which is really rare for me because I keep such a small book shelf Worth it.

  21. The goal isn t really to become comfortable with uncertainty but rather to embrace the fear the discomfort and relax in the moment of uncomfortableness As the summer of reflect comes to an end my goal is to embrace the fear and discomfort to relax in the moment I m on the path each moment each day I m me again.

  22. A wonderful bedside book It s not necessarily an eye opener, but it is a wonderful way to remind yourself of some of Pema s thoughts and lessons Each is just a page or two Easy to read and soul stirring Thank you for yet another reminder on living a life in balancemple truth

  23. this book is absolutely amazing It teaches so much about learning to live with fear and pain and how those things actually make life worth living andI don t even know how to begin to expain it but it s based a lot on buddhist principles.k it out, really

  24. It is not a book you read once but a book you read over and over Start in the middle and finish at the beginning if you want.

  25. I read one of the teachings each day, starting the book over once I reach the end Despite this, they are new each time, and, very often, precisely the lesson I needed to hear.

  26. I enjoyed how this book was organized 108 one or two page chapters My top three takeaways During meditation when we become aware that we are thinking, we say to ourselves, thinking, with an unbiased attitude and with tremendous gentleness On tonglen the fundamental change of attitude is to breathe the undesirable in and breathe the desirable out the opposite of what we are conditioned to do, the book points out.On karma the idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings you need in orde [...]

  27. 108 Teachings, aka 108 very short essays on the nature of self and the lessons humanity has learned about it This is a quick break kind of book, where you read a couple of essays and leave it for another day A lot of the essays have information that can be applied the same day, reinforcing intelligent decisions, compassion and kindness, as well as the primary theme, coping with uncertainty.

  28. Full of little axioms that I recall discovering on my own but not always following so it s a good reminder of those It s a long Buddhist listicle There were some inspirational moments but the format feels scattershot and disorganized at times A nice one to keep on the shelf and return to in the mornings.

  29. A good book with valid points Though it come off a little cut and paste with following these rules dogmatic to end suffering Would have enjoyed holistic integrative narrative I did enjoy parts and themes of integration along ownership of all elements of life I d give between 3 4 starts.

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