The Places that Scare You

A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
by Pema Chödrön | Shambhala © 2002 · 160 pages

We've all got places that scare us and in her great book, Pema Chodrön helps us shine a compassionate light on them. We'll explore some Brilliant Ideas including the fact that being mad at someone and holding a grudge is kinda like eating rat poisoning thinking you're going to hurt the rat. Not so much. We'll also look at idiot compassion and the practice of rejoicing in others' good fortune and other wonderfulness.

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.”

~ Pema Chödrön from The Places That Scare You

Pema Chödrön is a beautiful American Buddhist monk who gives us a Buddhist “guide to fearlessness in difficult times” in her simple, powerful book The Places That Scare You.

There are a lot of Big Ideas in this short book, so let’s get on it! :)

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Pema Chödrön

American Buddhist nun and teacher.