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Start Where You Are

A Guide to Compassionate Living

By Pema Chödrön
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Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön

Start Where You Are (1994) is an enlightening guide to opening up your heart and mind and learning to feel happier in your skin. Discover the practices that bring calm and serenity to Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as the philosophy that puts people on the path to nirvana. This isn’t advice about what incense and candles to buy; it shows you how to look deep within yourself to confront your demons and find strength in your weaknesses.

  • Spiritual people interested in Buddhism and meditation
  • Anyone who wants fewer regrets and fears
  • Those struggling with anger management

Pema Chödrön is a resident teacher of Buddhism at Gampo Abbey, America’s oldest Tibetan monastery. In 1981, she became the first American to be made a bhikkhunī or a fully ordained nun in the Vajrayana tradition. She has also authored several best-selling books, including The Wisdom of No Escape and When Things Fall Apart.

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