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    DescriptionThe best-selling author and spiritual teacher shares practices for living with wisdom and integrity even in confusing and uncertain situations. Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone's favorite Buddhist nun, it's even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky ground--and the secret is: the ground is always shaky. Pema shows how using a traditional Buddhist practice called the Three Vows or Three Commitments, offering us a way to relax into profound sanity in the midst of whatever non-sanity is happening around us. Just making these simple aspirations can change the way we look at the world and can provide us with a lifetime of material for spiritual practice. The Three Commitments are three methods for embracing the chaotic, uncertain, dynamic, challenging nature of our situation as a path to awakening. The first of the commitments, traditionally called the Pratimoksha Vow, is the foundation for personal liberation. This is a commitment to doing our best to not cause harm with our actions or words or thoughts, a commitment to being good to each other. It provides a structure within which we learn to work with our thoughts and emotions, and to refrain from speaking or acting out of confusion. The next step toward being comfortable with groundlessness is a commitment to helping others, traditionally called the Bodhisattva Vow. It is a commitment to dedicate our lives to keeping our hearts and minds open, and nurturing our compassion with the longing to ease the suffering of the world. The last of the three commitments, traditionally known as the Samaya Vow, is a resolve to embrace the world just as it is, without bias; a resolve to see everything we encounter, good and bad, pleasant and painful, as a manifestation of awakened energy. It is a commitment to see everything and anything as a means by which we can awaken further.


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    Title
    Living Beautifully
    Subtitle
    With Uncertainty and Change
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pema Chodron
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781611800760
    ISBN 10: 1611800765
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 294.3444
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    Libri: I-RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    BISAC V2.8: REL007000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Approval Code: A37384000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 294.3/444
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A13322400
    BISAC V2.8: REL007050, SEL031000
    BIC subject category V2: HREP
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 294.34
    LC classification: BQ5405 .C45 2012
    Thema V1.0: VS, QRFP
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Imprint name
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Publication date
    22 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Author Information
    PEMA CHoDRoN is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is the author of many best-selling books, including "When Things Fall Apart."