When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times (20th Anniversary Edition) by Pema ChodronWhen Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times (20th Anniversary Edition) by Pema Chodron

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times (20th Anniversary Edition)

byPema Chodron

Paperback | June 7, 2016

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Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library.

How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.
Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa and resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America. She is the author of numerous best-selling books, including The Places That Scare You and Living Beautifully.
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Title:When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice For Difficult Times (20th Anniversary Edition)Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.2 × 5.3 × 0.6 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:ShambhalaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1611803438

ISBN - 13:9781611803433

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Very wise ideas, very helpful to read
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good tips good perspective and wisdom
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from realistic and honest buddhism great starting point for learning about buddhism
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nuggets of wisdom for daily reading Then Things Fall Apart is the third book I've read by Pema Chödrön, including The Places That Scare You and Living Beautifully. I also have the Compassion Cards, which I pull every few days. I am obviously reading these books for a reason, haha! I found the teachings that she shared in this book extremely poignant for this time in our world, but less easy to follow than the others at this point in my life. The edition that I have is the 20th Anniversary Edition and is still completely relevant today. Actually, since this book was written, I think that the world has only become more obviously uncertain and groundless, making it an excellent choice for insightful advice right now! This book is much more like the cards; little nuggets of wisdom connected by the theme, but not necessarily flowing one into the other. The Places that Scare You and Living Beautifully are formatted as manuals for living fearlessly and for the three commitments required for working with groundlessness, respectively. When Things Fall Apart is a series of short perspectives for the times in which we live. They are indeed pieces of advice and because they are curated from talks she gave, have a random sort of quality to them. I typically use her books as a daily reading in the morning, which works well for this format. At this point in my journey, though, I think the level of randomness is a little too challenging to take in. I resonate more strongly with the books that have a sequence to the teachings and lead me to a particular way of looking at things. I still don't really understand the basic concepts of buddhism, and I'm still trying to get a picture of how they form the teachings. If I had the foundation to anchor this advice too, I think it would be a lot more poignant for me, so I'm probably going to come back to this book in the future, when I'm looking more for reminders of what I've heard before. For now, I'm rating it a 4 out of 5 starts, and I would probably give it a 3.5 for where I'm at personally. I think I'm going to look for her book on meditation next.
Date published: 2017-02-09

Editorial Reviews

“Perhaps what makes Pema’s message resonate so strongly with people, no matter what their religion or spiritual path, is its universality. Each of us has experienced heartache; how we interact with that feeling, Pema says, can create the possibility of a more joyful life.” —O, The Oprah Magazine   “As one of Pema Chödrön’s grateful students, I have been learning the most pressing and necessary lesson of all: how to keep opening wider my own heart.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and activist