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Have you ever had an itch and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to scratch, great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chödrön introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she u Have you ever had an itch and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to scratch, great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chödrön introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality: a pre-emotional feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at both the itch and the scratch, which Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa. On this full-length recording, Pema Chödrön, bestselling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chödrön to discover more about: Critical mind—how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness • Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri—loving-kindness—toward yourself • How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits • Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chödrön. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving in to them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chödrön guides us through this sticky feeling, exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.


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Have you ever had an itch and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to scratch, great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chödrön introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she u Have you ever had an itch and not scratched it? In the Buddhist tradition, this points to a vast paradox: that by refraining from our urge to scratch, great peace and happiness is available. On Getting Unstuck, Pema Chödrön introduces a rare Tibetan teaching she received from her teacher, Dzigar Kontrul Rinpoche, and one that has become critical to her practice. Here, she unveils the mystery of an ineffable quality: a pre-emotional feeling that arises in us, brings us discomfort, and causes us to react by escaping the discomfort often with harmful habits. With Getting Unstuck, she offers us a first look at both the itch and the scratch, which Tibetan Buddhists call shenpa. On this full-length recording, Pema Chödrön, bestselling author and beloved American Buddhist nun, shows us how to recognize shenpa, catch it as it appears, and develop a playful, lively curiosity toward it. Join Pema Chödrön to discover more about: Critical mind—how to recognize this fundamental shenpa, and approach yourself and others with a sense of humor and loving-kindness • Ways to unravel the patterns of self-denigration, and develop the fundamental maitri—loving-kindness—toward yourself • How to cultivate acceptance of your irritability, insecurities, and other simply human traits • Recognition, Refrain, Relaxing, and Resolve: the four R's of working with shenpa, and more An urge comes up, we succumb to it, and it becomes stronger, teaches Pema Chödrön. We reinforce our cravings, habits, and addictions by giving in to them repeatedly. On Getting Unstuck, Chödrön guides us through this sticky feeling, exploring the moments when we get hooked, and offers us tools for learning to stay with our uneasiness, soften our hearts toward ourselves and others, and live a more peaceful life in the fullness of the present moment.

30 review for Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elision

    This collection of talks by Pema Chodron are on the topic of "shenpa," an idea roughly translated as "hooks" or "attachment." When we get trapped in our head instead of being present, it's this shenpa we're experiencing. Shenpa is not the thoughts we have or the emotions we feel, but the sticky part that keeps us from getting back to the present moment. When we realize that something is hooking us, we can take an attitude of curiosity and joy at discovering the shenpa and get back to the present This collection of talks by Pema Chodron are on the topic of "shenpa," an idea roughly translated as "hooks" or "attachment." When we get trapped in our head instead of being present, it's this shenpa we're experiencing. Shenpa is not the thoughts we have or the emotions we feel, but the sticky part that keeps us from getting back to the present moment. When we realize that something is hooking us, we can take an attitude of curiosity and joy at discovering the shenpa and get back to the present. I liked this audio collection a lot, and I'd recommend it for anyone interested in Buddhism, meditation, and spiritual growth. Pema Chodron is a delightful speaker, who displays and advocates curiosity, compassion, and humor for everyone (including ourselves). Her explanations of techniques, terms, and reasons for both are helpful and accessible. She explains everything a few different ways, so even if something doesn't make sense at first, it will eventually click. All of my previous meditation experience had been in silence, with closed eyes, and generally in connection with some sort of yoga practice. This audio collection was useful for helping me realize that that isn't how meditation has to be, and in fact, there are other ways that work better for some people. For instance, being present with sound (as oppose to breath) is much more effect for me. I'm sensitive to sound, and half oblivious to inner-physical sensation. I appreciated Pema Chodron's explanation of how and why to touch thoughts, emotions, and sensations without attachment. The whole idea of meditating to lessen shenpa's spiral effect, instead of meditating to quiet the mind and dull pain, was very helpful. We have noisy minds, but it is okay and possible to think, feel, touch while being present in the moment and not trapped in some sort of potentially harmful dream space. Pema Chodron is pretty neat. She is an American Buddhist nun who speaks internationally and donates money from her events to a variety of worth-while organizations. You can learn more about her at her website, here: http://pemachodron.org/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin Rouleau

    Pema is simply the best. She really knows the modern, Western mind and knows how to make it applicable. There's something so warm and humorous and wonderful about her voice. She knows how to bring some levity to the situation. I just love her. Pema is simply the best. She really knows the modern, Western mind and knows how to make it applicable. There's something so warm and humorous and wonderful about her voice. She knows how to bring some levity to the situation. I just love her.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    Pema Chodron makes Tibetan Buddhism accessible to the western mind. I found this one particularly relevant and helpful. I find it fascinating that, while westerners, and Christianity in particular, emphasize our shortcomings and original sin, Buddhists emphasize the basic goodness, the soft spot in the human heart. Personally, I find this much more helpful. In order to make a difference in the world, one must learn compassion. And the place to start is with compassion for one's self, and one's sh Pema Chodron makes Tibetan Buddhism accessible to the western mind. I found this one particularly relevant and helpful. I find it fascinating that, while westerners, and Christianity in particular, emphasize our shortcomings and original sin, Buddhists emphasize the basic goodness, the soft spot in the human heart. Personally, I find this much more helpful. In order to make a difference in the world, one must learn compassion. And the place to start is with compassion for one's self, and one's shortcomings. If we were perfect, compassion would be impossible, since we would be incapable of understanding another's pain and struggles. Rather than dwell on where we have failed this week, instead rejoice in the fact that we recognized it, and stopped it before it escalated further. In tough situations, if we can be fully present, not fight the feelings, but fully experience them, without getting hooked into anger or retaliation, expressing compassion for ourselves, that feeling will spread, and our world may, one small step at a time, become more compassionate.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Luquetta

    There is no escaping Pema Chondron's simple language. Her voice is beautiful, her tenor compassionate, but her call to mindfulness and staying present is unwavering and pure. There is no escaping Pema Chondron's simple language. Her voice is beautiful, her tenor compassionate, but her call to mindfulness and staying present is unwavering and pure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Hunt

    This could possibly be the most powerful, life- and perspective-changing thing I've ever heard. Through light-hearted humor and deep empathy, Pema shares stories that will stick with you to explain the power of meditation and staying. If you want to be less critical of yourself and others, discover how to sit with deep emotions, reframe your mind on the thoughts that enter your head, redirect your habits toward what actually matters in your life, and really create personal freedom, give this a l This could possibly be the most powerful, life- and perspective-changing thing I've ever heard. Through light-hearted humor and deep empathy, Pema shares stories that will stick with you to explain the power of meditation and staying. If you want to be less critical of yourself and others, discover how to sit with deep emotions, reframe your mind on the thoughts that enter your head, redirect your habits toward what actually matters in your life, and really create personal freedom, give this a listen. I could not recommend this more - a must "read" (listen) for every human.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This was my first book by Pema Chödrön and it was delightful. A great meditation practice especially for me right now with everything that is going on in the world (COVID19).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Piat Orendain

    Short but sweet! This book helped me talk about addiction with a friend of mine that is currently trying to quit smoking. In trying to do some research to help my friend out, I also learned a great number of things about myself and how we as a people are addicted to so many things, critical thinking; sugar; beating ourselves up; and all sorts of other really insidious mental traps that spiritually bog us down. What we don't realize is that we allow ourselves to be ruled by these so-called person Short but sweet! This book helped me talk about addiction with a friend of mine that is currently trying to quit smoking. In trying to do some research to help my friend out, I also learned a great number of things about myself and how we as a people are addicted to so many things, critical thinking; sugar; beating ourselves up; and all sorts of other really insidious mental traps that spiritually bog us down. What we don't realize is that we allow ourselves to be ruled by these so-called personal programmings. We get stuck in ourselves because of ourselves. Pema Chodron illustrates the cycle of addiction and suffering through the Buddhist lens, but also makes it accessible to everyone, Buddhist or not.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Z

    With great compassion, humour, and accessibility, Pema Chödrön guides us through experiencing negative emotions, identifying 'hooks' or 'shenpa' - that very first moment when you feel hurt or threatened, that sharp intake of breath and momentary blindness - and working with shenpa to understand it and strip it of its reactive and instinctive power. Since listening to this audiobook I often smile to myself when I notice my own moments of shenpa and remember her phrase, 'shenpa attack.' If nothing With great compassion, humour, and accessibility, Pema Chödrön guides us through experiencing negative emotions, identifying 'hooks' or 'shenpa' - that very first moment when you feel hurt or threatened, that sharp intake of breath and momentary blindness - and working with shenpa to understand it and strip it of its reactive and instinctive power. Since listening to this audiobook I often smile to myself when I notice my own moments of shenpa and remember her phrase, 'shenpa attack.' If nothing it makes you aware of the transitory nature of emotions and potentially reduces the senseless damage one would instinctively wreak in certain emotionally charged situations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Her descriptions of our common nature and common suffering is beautiful. She inspires us to become more present and to stay with our habitual patterns to uncover and move forward on our path. I love her insights.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    One of my favorites of her many books... maybe because I so need these lessons about “shenpa” (being hooked by an emotion or train of thought).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Camia Young

    A delightful journey into our habitual behaviours (often unconscious and reactive) and an invitation to develop a wise mind, that is the ability to notice our emotive behaviour and lean into what lies beneath our urges.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I enjoyed Pema Chodron so much and know I will listen to this again. My take away...don't feed the Shenpa! I enjoyed Pema Chodron so much and know I will listen to this again. My take away...don't feed the Shenpa!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Lovely short teaching on shenpa, getting hooked by thoughts or habitual patterns of behavior.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terri Light

    Several timely points in this editorial lecture. I am going to look forward to rereading this one occasionally when I need inspiration to unglue myself from bad ruts.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ياسمين خليفة

    Another must listen audio book from the great teacher Pema Chodron

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teo 2050

    2019.01.14–2019.01.14 Contents Chödrön P (2004) (03:24) Getting Unstuck - Breaking Your Habitual Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality 1.01. Learning to Stay - Introduction 1.02. The Challenge of Being Present 1.03. Stop Scratching 1.04. Ego - The Root of the Problem 1.05. Exploring the Itch 1.06. The Open Awareness of Your Mind 1.07. Listening Meditation Practice 1.08. The Doorway to Liberation 1.09. The Habit of Distraction - Introduction 1.10. Recognizing Patterns of Habituation 1.11. Shenpa - How We Get 2019.01.14–2019.01.14 Contents Chödrön P (2004) (03:24) Getting Unstuck - Breaking Your Habitual Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality 1.01. Learning to Stay - Introduction 1.02. The Challenge of Being Present 1.03. Stop Scratching 1.04. Ego - The Root of the Problem 1.05. Exploring the Itch 1.06. The Open Awareness of Your Mind 1.07. Listening Meditation Practice 1.08. The Doorway to Liberation 1.09. The Habit of Distraction - Introduction 1.10. Recognizing Patterns of Habituation 1.11. Shenpa - How We Get Hooked 1.12. Catching Your Shenpa in Action 1.13. Addictions and Our Fundamental Uneasiness 1.14. Engaging Shenpa in Meditation 1.15. Recognizing, Refraining, Relaxing, and Resolving 2.01. Introduction 2.02. It’s Not Bad to Have Thoughts 2.03. Degrees of Shenpa 2.04. Using the Breath to Get Unstuck 2.05. Q&A - Addressing Trauma in Meditation 2.06. Q&A - The Most Important Thing 2.07. Introduction 2.08. Lightening Things Up 2.09. Getting Curious about Your World 2.10. Making Daily Aspirations 2.11. The Balance of Gloriousness and Wretchedness 2.12. Seeing Yourself Clearly 2.13. Keeping a Bigger Perspective 2.14. The Tender Heart 3.01. Introduction - Tools for Liberation 3.02. How to Uncover Your True Nature 3.03. Stop Kicking the Wheel 3.04. Melting into Emptiness 3.05. Teaching Yourself the Dharma 3.06. Relative Practices, Absolute View 3.07. Encountering the Ineffable 3.08. Introduction - Taking Your Practice into the World 3.09. Taking Your Practice into the World 3.10. Activism without Aggression 3.11. Delusion vs. Illusion 3.12. Bowing to Your Thoughts 3.13. Q&A - Letting Go of Resistance 3.14. Q&A - Having Compassion, Drawing Boundaries 3.15. Q&A - An Alternative to Outrage 3.16. An Aspiration for World Peace

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sonja Reid

    I love Pema Chodron's writings, and so was excited to see that I could get an audio book of hers from the library. She's a great speaker - in fact, many of her books are transcribed talks. As with all of her writings, she explains aspects of meditation practice drawn from her experience as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. Getting Unstuck explores "not itching the scratch", and just sitting with what that feels like. Her point is that we run away from discomfort, be it emotional or physical, and that we r I love Pema Chodron's writings, and so was excited to see that I could get an audio book of hers from the library. She's a great speaker - in fact, many of her books are transcribed talks. As with all of her writings, she explains aspects of meditation practice drawn from her experience as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. Getting Unstuck explores "not itching the scratch", and just sitting with what that feels like. Her point is that we run away from discomfort, be it emotional or physical, and that we reinforce the pattern of avoidance. But what would it be like to stay and experience what it is like to simply be uncomfortable? This is a 3 CD set that goes by veru quickly.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steve Woods

    As we find our way along the path and the Dharma gradually becomes a part of our living we all need the wisdom of those who have gone before us. This is one of those experiences that addresses the issue of getting caught up in our practice. Essentially it is and must remain a fluid thing that flows over and through us in a kind of stream, the constant intrusion of self however can set up a battleground that becomes self reinforcing. This is a discussion about the nature of our journey through th As we find our way along the path and the Dharma gradually becomes a part of our living we all need the wisdom of those who have gone before us. This is one of those experiences that addresses the issue of getting caught up in our practice. Essentially it is and must remain a fluid thing that flows over and through us in a kind of stream, the constant intrusion of self however can set up a battleground that becomes self reinforcing. This is a discussion about the nature of our journey through those times when the stickiness of "I, me and mine" begins to impede that flow. It is useful and entertaining, something always to come back to.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was absolutely wonderful! I listened to the audio-cd's of this and I adore Pema's realness and sense of humour. She is so humble and is a delight to listen to. She as some wonderful insight in how to get tuned into the mind chatter and how to switch it off. She likens it to an itch that can aggravate more and more until you can do nothing but scratch it. The CDs include a lovely mediation..... and questions from students that Pema answers. This was absolutely wonderful! I listened to the audio-cd's of this and I adore Pema's realness and sense of humour. She is so humble and is a delight to listen to. She as some wonderful insight in how to get tuned into the mind chatter and how to switch it off. She likens it to an itch that can aggravate more and more until you can do nothing but scratch it. The CDs include a lovely mediation..... and questions from students that Pema answers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Happyreader

    A friend was told by her counselor, "You're not depressed. You just have bad habits." Don't we all. I loved these CDs. It's all about how we get hooked and how we can unhook ourselves with compassion rather than continue with the habits we think will bring us comfort, by avoiding the present moment, but ultimately keep us trapped. I just need to remember the four Rs: recognize, refrain, relax, resolve. Heck, if I could refrain, I'd be all set. A friend was told by her counselor, "You're not depressed. You just have bad habits." Don't we all. I loved these CDs. It's all about how we get hooked and how we can unhook ourselves with compassion rather than continue with the habits we think will bring us comfort, by avoiding the present moment, but ultimately keep us trapped. I just need to remember the four Rs: recognize, refrain, relax, resolve. Heck, if I could refrain, I'd be all set.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suni

    This is a collection of lectures, and so particularly suitable as an audiobook. I really enjoyed it for the concepts and principles discussed. Pema Chodron has a remarkably accessible way of presenting profound ideas, so that the reader/listener comes away with the sense that s/he can apply these principles in their own life & practice.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sandra The Old Woman in a Van

    I rarely read a book twice but I read this one (or listened to it) twice, back to back, because it was probably the most valuble book I have read in years. Pema Chodron is a gentle, wise and gifted teacher. The teachings in this book have had an immediate impact in my life. I cannot say that about many books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Very down to earth and funny teachings on being engaged in the difficult times.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Russell

    Wonderfully down to earth talks on using the dharma as a kind and loving way to work on the ways we sabotage our own lives.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Listening to this book - actually a collection of lectures. She's a good speaker - she can be light and funny while talking about pain. She's honest about her own faults, which is encouraging. Listening to this book - actually a collection of lectures. She's a good speaker - she can be light and funny while talking about pain. She's honest about her own faults, which is encouraging.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marnie

    This book really helps to clarify the why!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    This is a great set of CD's if you are struggling with anything in your personal life. I have listened to it over and over again. This is a great set of CD's if you are struggling with anything in your personal life. I have listened to it over and over again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    I love listening to her on my commute to and from work. So refreshing, enlightening, and funny!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Irfan

    Getting Unstuck: Pema Chodron Pema Chodron is an 83-year-old Buddhist Monk, one of the western Buddhists that I love listening to very much. regardless of what her subject is, listening to her calm voice in itself has a huge soothing effect :D Getting Unstuck is an audio-program about Meditation and Spiritual Life. an attempt to bring traditional Buddhist Concepts and Practices into the modern world. I will start first by saying, how difficult these subjects are to discuss. Many Buddhist (and ac Getting Unstuck: Pema Chodron Pema Chodron is an 83-year-old Buddhist Monk, one of the western Buddhists that I love listening to very much. regardless of what her subject is, listening to her calm voice in itself has a huge soothing effect :D Getting Unstuck is an audio-program about Meditation and Spiritual Life. an attempt to bring traditional Buddhist Concepts and Practices into the modern world. I will start first by saying, how difficult these subjects are to discuss. Many Buddhist (and actually any spiritual) teachings, discuss kinds of stuff that are happening within us, which are ineffable and very difficult to be expressed. and the only way to really understand those teachings is by daily practice and sort of living with the teachings until they make more sense, and they do so gradually. the whole audiobook revolves around a term called (Shenpa), which means getting stuck. Shenpa, like any other emotion and feeling in our inner world, is difficult to describe. but it's more or less, the urge, the feeling of getting stuck in, or losing yourself in, automatic thoughts, feelings, urges, addictions...etc. like losing control and getting into anger. it's the feeling that leads us into choosing, doing and saying wrong things. and Shenpa, as Chodron says, is one of the roots of our suffering. and we spend our lifetime strengthening it by giving the shenpa the energy and the control of our life. she discusses an alcoholic who she knows as an example, which even after getting into the hospital of life-threatening alcoholic liver problems, cannot stop. we think that our patterns of behaviors will help us to get rid of our urges, and we know that it backfires. since these will actually enforce the urges! Chodron insists on saying, that working with Shenpas may need a lifetime (probably multiple lifetimes!), and its a slow and gradual work. Meditation, and Meditative living, are great tools of shenpa work. 1- First, and most important, is being honest with yourself and self-reflection. Being able to sit and look at your Shenpas, your failures, situations that got you stuck. and taking joy and delight in doing so. the ability to see your mistakes and recognizing you got stuck is your source of wisdom. do not get sad and depressed when you recognize your shenpas. 2- every day in the morning, set an intention, an aspiration. something like: I will not be angry today. and in the evening review and see how well have you done. 3- whenever you catch yourself in shenpa, sit down, breathe and focus on your breathing. let your thoughts come and go, and stay with your body sensations and feelings. this is the essence of shenpa practice. and it underlies any meditative practice. being open to difficult emotions without acting on them is a key to improvement. spiritual teachings teach us that thoughts and feelings are not problems, our tendency either to suppress them or Getting stuck in them is making the problem. and being able to sit with a feeling and stay present with it, may not decrease the feeling, or it may, but it will definitely improve us to be okay in the mids of uncomfortability. Staying Curious about the sensations of the body, giving the feelings space while being present with the sensation are all among tools of the shenpa toolbox. when a feeling is to difficult and at that moment you cannot be present with it. later, when you are calmer, remind yourself of the situation and do shenpa work with that. 4- As we do the work, we will able to see lesser and lesser shenpas, and improve at recognizing and being present with them. basically, these are the messages of the book. tab3an it's solely based on Buddhist and spiritual tradition. it's not meant as an alternative for modern and professional help whenever needed. and it's definitely not the ultimate teaching, but nevertheless, its an important practice to add to your life. here is a notion page of the notes "and quotes" that I took from the book https://www.notion.so/Getting-unstuck... ok this was not supposed to be this long xD I give it 3.5/5 :D

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily Crego

    This is actually just a series of speeches from Pema Chodron around the concept of Shenpa and other related concepts. I enjoyed listening to this as an audio book on my walks and runs--Pema has a relatable way of speaking punctuated with humor that breaks down concepts in ways that the reader/listener can really digest. I am trying to identify and assess the reasons for anxiety and stress in my own life, and through another meditation learned of Shenpa--this sticky quality to certain thoughts th This is actually just a series of speeches from Pema Chodron around the concept of Shenpa and other related concepts. I enjoyed listening to this as an audio book on my walks and runs--Pema has a relatable way of speaking punctuated with humor that breaks down concepts in ways that the reader/listener can really digest. I am trying to identify and assess the reasons for anxiety and stress in my own life, and through another meditation learned of Shenpa--this sticky quality to certain thoughts that allows them to hold us, and we can't get past it. That's how I discovered Pema Chodron. Pema's speeches and responses to audience questions break this down: this book taught me a bit about the skills I can use to acknowledge these anxiety ridden thoughts while not becoming so absorbed in them that I can't move past them. They are there, and over repetition and through meditation, we can all find freedom from these thoughts by simply not denying their existence but also not letting them control us. She simply explains, again and again, that it's a process, that it's never quite finished, and that we reach a small place of freedom or wisdom after repetition and practice. One thing I found particularly interesting that she addresses toward the end of the book--is the idea that even those among us most dedicated to social justice may also fall into the sticky thoughts that Shenpa brings--that to best work in social justice, we cannot work from a place of anger. That as with all things--it is acknowledging the anger, not letting it control us, and then getting to work. Again, an enjoyable and in some ways liberating "read" (for me a listen).

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