Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humor, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can “start where we are”—embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: “Always apply only a joyful state of mind,” “Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness,” and “Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.”
Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.
Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is currently a student of the Venerable Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first… More about Pema Chödrön