For many centuries Tibetan Buddhists have used a traditional collection of pithy, penetrating slogans to help them develop equanimity, intelligence, and compassion amid the turbulence of daily life. This boxed set presents all the tools needed to learn this transformative practice (called lojong in Tibetan), presented in Pema's accessible, down-to-earth style.
The Compassion Box contains a set of finely produced cards presenting fifty-nine powerful maxims, including "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be grateful to everyone." The cards can be displayed at work or home for guidance and inspiration throughout the day. On the reverse side of each card Pema offers new, illuminating, and inspiring commentary on how to understand and apply the maxims.
The Compassion Box includes:
· 59 two-color cards, with a Buddhist slogan on one side and original commentary by Pema Chödrön on the other
· Guided instructions on how to use the cards as part of a daily spiritual practice
· A fold-out card stand
· A 288-page paperback, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living, a popular guide to understanding and applying the slogans
· A 45-minute audio CD of Pema Chödrön offering in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation ("taking in and sending out"), a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken the heart
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Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don't Bite the Hook.From Publishers Weekly:
Recently, some publishers have repackaged their bread-and-butter titles as gift boxes, pairing known bestsellers with certain extras (CDs, prayer flags, Tarot cards, etc.) and doubling the price. Rarely, however, has the strategy worked so seamlessly as it does in this gift collection from Chodron, Buddhist nun and author of the bestsellers When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You. The pocket-sized book contained here, Start Where You Are, is nearly a decade old and is a popular primer on compassion-in-practice. In it, Chodron argues that to start where we are, we have to embrace our pain and learn how to live with it-and how to let it go. "It is unconditional compassion for ourselves that leads naturally to unconditional compassion for others," she writes, paraphrasing the lojong teachings that form the heart of the book. Lojong, meaning "mind training," consists of 59 "pithy slogans" about cultivating compassion. In addition to the book, this gift box contains 59 lojong cards with the teachings on one side and Chodron's commentary on the other. ("In all activities, train with slogans," says the ninth lojong card. It's advice that Chodron seems to have taken to heart.) The set comes with a little cardboard stand so that practitioners can prop a card in front of themselves during meditation, and it also offers a 43-minute CD with Chodron's spoken instructions on tonglen meditation-breathing in the suffering of others, and breathing out compassion.
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