Books by Pema Chodron
I've been hooked on ABC's show FlashForward because it deals with the nature of reality. So I shouldn't have been a surprised when last week a character on FlashForward gave Pema Chodron's The Places that Scare You to a man receiving cancer treatment. This is one of my favorite books about understanding life, and I just finished my second read about two weeks ago.
Here's the quote at the beginning of the book that gives me chills and makes me want to read it all over again:
Confess your hidden faults.
Approach what you find repulsive.
Help those you think you cannot help.
Anything you are attached to, let it go.
Go to the places that scare you.
-- ADVICE FROM HER TEACHER TO THE TIBETAN YOGINI MACHIK LABDRON
If you haven't greeted Pema Chodron into your life yet, I invite you to search her out. She is a wonderfully engaging speaker that makes Buddhism extremely accessible. I first found her through tapes that a generous friend loaned to me, but you can check her out on YouTube.
Her book that I find most useful is Comfortable with Uncertainty. In this book Pema Chodron has written 108 concise teachings that examine fearlessness and compassion. I used this book as a daily meditation and read one a day for a while to deepen my meditation practice.
Do you have a favorite book by Pema Chodron?