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No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattvaby Pema Chodron
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In her previous books, Pema Chödrön offered the compelling vision of becoming a "spiritual warrior"—cultivating compassion, courage, and wisdom under all circumstances. Her vision of enlightened living has resonated strongly with readers from many backgrounds, resulting in cumulative sales of more than a million copies. Here, she goes beyond introducing and inspiring readers to showing them exactly how they can each become a bodhisattva, or one who exemplifies kindness, caring, and fearlessness. In this audiobook, she presents the time-tested spiritual program that guides her own life. No Time to Lose is a commentary on the core Buddhist text The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), written in the eighth century by the Indian Buddhist sage Shantideva. This text outlines a ten-stage path toward becoming a bodhisattva. Drawing on examples from everyday life, Pema's fresh and accessible commentary shows us how this timeless spiritual path is open and available to all of us.
10 CDs, unabridged. Running time 11 1/2 hours.
"American Buddhist nun ChÃ¶drÃ¶n provides commentary and insights as she presents the wisdom and words of eighth-century Indian Buddhist scholar Shantideva. Narrator Joanna Rotte is also a student of Buddhism, and puts her experience to good use here, capturing crucial nuances of the text and clearly presenting them to listeners. Rotte's performance projects calm, but possess enough energy to convey the author's calls to action, as well as a motherly tone that evokes nurturing and balance. Rotte — with touches of both whimsy and reverence — is especially adept in performing the evocative passages that explore the contrasts between human nature's obsession with physical beauty and sensuality and the realities of aging and mortality. Granted, this challenging material may not be an obvious fit for audiences not steeped in Eastern traditions, but Rotte does her part, making for an accessible listening experience. A Shambhala paperback. (March)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The great Buddhist classic known as The Way of the Bodhisattva has long been treasured as an indispensable guide to enlightened living. Written in the eighth century by the scholar and saint Shantideva, it has inspired many of the Mahayana tradition’s greatest teachers—and despite its antiquity, it remains a remarkable source of insight on the means by which we may heal ourselves and our troubled world. Among its most essential teachings are the core Buddhist practices of the bodhisattva warrior: cultivating confidence, joyfulness, and compassion. Pema Chödrön here invites you to journey more deeply into this way of life, presenting Shantideva’s text verse-by-verse and offering both illuminating stories and practical exercises to enrich the text and bring its teachings to life in our own time.
About the Author
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.
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