When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chodron promised that she'd speak at the commencement ceremony.
Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day.
"What do we do when life doesn't go the way we hoped? begins Pema "We say, I m a failure." But what if failing wasn't just okay, but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being? Through the insights of her own teachers and life journey, Pema Chodron offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown in ourselves and in the world and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose.
For millions of readers, prospective graduates, or anyone at a life crossroads, this gem of clarity and reassurance is sure to find a welcome place in many a kitchen, office, and backpack."
For readers of all faiths who are at a life crossroads, this brilliant gem of clarity is sure to earn its place in our kitchens, offices, and backpacks, ready to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts.
Includes an in-depth interview with Pema Chodron and Tami Simon."
Pema Chodron is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many spiritual classics, including When Things Fall Apart and How to Meditate. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the late Chogyam Trungpa.
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"For Boulder, Colorado-based Naropa University's 2014 commencement ceremony, Chodron (When Things Fall Apart) told new graduates that 'knowing how to fail well' is an essential-and neglected-life skill. Chodron, an American Buddhist nun, popular author, and student of the late Chogyam Trungpa, urges her audience to hold the 'rawness of vulnerability in [your] heart' rather than blaming self or others. This volume pairs a transcript of the very short speech, accompanied by abstract black and white drawings, with a more substantive interview with her publisher, in which Chodron talks candidly about her personal experiences with failure and explores self-hatred, human goodness, and fear. She provides insightful suggestions for how to move forward into life despite crushing failure, how to turn regret into empathy and compassion, and how to cope gracefully with a failing body. This small book, an appropriate gift for recent graduates or anyone facing a challenging transition, also contains sustenance for loyal Chodron fans, and introduces new readers to her gentle wisdom for living in a 'world where there are a lot of things that aren't fixable."
"Chodron is one of the rock stars of contemporary spiritual life. Born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in New York City, the author converted to Buddhism in her thirties, became a disciple of Chogyam Trungpa, and ultimately the leader of the Boulder Shambhala Center in Colorado. She is also the author of such works as The Wisdom of No Escape and Start From Where You Are, which brought her a wide, attentive audience. This latest book arose from a request to speak at her granddaughter's commencement. Chodron presents wisdom inherent in allowing oneself to fail. The text has been enlarged by brushstroke-like artwork, a follow-up interview with Sounds True founder and publisher Tami Simon, and an introduction by entrepreneur Seth Godin. VERDICT This brief text has all of the pleasures of a stocking-stuffer but is suitable to other seasons as well and by no means limited in its appeal to followers of Buddhism or recent graduates."
-Library Journal "
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