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By Pema Chödrön

Publish Date Note: identify initially released in 2002, book version 2008

This ebook bargains brief, stand-alone readings designed to assist us domesticate compassion and know-how amid the demanding situations of day-by-day residing. greater than a suite of suggestions for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty bargains a revolutionary application of religious learn, major the reader via crucial suggestions, topics, and practices at the Buddhist direction.

Comfortable with Uncertainty does no longer suppose past wisdom of Buddhist notion or perform, making it an ideal advent to Chödrön's educating. It good points the main crucial and stirring passages from Chödrön's earlier books, exploring issues equivalent to lovingkindness, meditation, mindfulness, "nowness," letting pass, and dealing with worry and different painful feelings. in the course of the process this ebook, readers will research useful equipment for heightening understanding and overcoming recurring styles that block compassion.

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When it is reviled you anger, when it is pained you suffer; how could it not belong to you? Try to determine whether you have anything there or not, and you will find you cannot determine, because your root of doubt is not cut through. If you say you have something there, while during the process of growth ftfom birth up to the age of twenty, there is no change in this certainty, but when you get to be forty or fifty the body changes and deteriorates from moment to moment, so you cannot say it is definitively there.

I’ll try to decide for you: e n e r a l l y speaking, p r a c t i c a l Feelings o f frogs may be shed, but the idea o f eggplant remains. If you would be free o f the idea o f eggplant, strike the evening chime at noon. z6 The Most Direct Approach f f i understand the essence that has always been there? There is not much to Buddhism; it only re­ quires you to see the way clearly. ” The matter is not like this. You must observe the present state. What is its logic? What is its guiding pattern? Why are you confused?

This is what Buddhism is, as far as I am concerned. ” So how can you see it clearly? Even though it’s your own mind, it’s hard to see. All the sages since time immemorial have been people who clearly saw their own minds. My late teacher was someone who saw his own mind, but among those here who were also associated with him in the past, there are very few who clearly see their own minds. Miftd does not see mind; to get it, you must not see it as mind. This is a feahn apart from thoughts. ° Now if I sa^this to people, they think I am criticizing every­ one else, but if I do not talk about it, it will be hard to elucidate.

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