Essay on The Places That Scare You By Pema Chodron

1115 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
The book the places that scare you by Pema Chodron was very interesting. The

title itself Caught my attention right away, but what really got me to read this book is that

the author is a Buddhist nun, so she will not talk about religion or tell you what is right or

what wrong. Before I read this book I thought the book was going to be

about metal disorders only because of the title. I was completely wrong, this book is for

all types of people who desire to face our fears in life with an open heart.

The book is called The Places That Scare You, but this book also has a subtitle

Which is A Guide To Fearlessness In Difficult Times which is exactly what Pema

Chodron explains throughout the book. In the first few chapters she explains how

everything Started, she was six years old when she first received the bodhichitta

teaching. Chitta meaning “mind” also “heart” and Bodhi means “awake”. She talks about

2 levels of bodhichitta. The first level being unconditional bodhicitta, which is free of

opinion and Concept. The second being relative bodhicitta, which is being open to

suffering without shutting down. I really loved that she said there’s no lectures or

prayers, but central teachings of the Buddha “Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by

love alone is healed” how we have to be open to everything even if its negative or

positive we have to go in with an open heart, how we will never learn if we always go in

with a protected heart. We will always…

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