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The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties. Chödrön discusses: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Using painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and courage nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Communicating so as to encourage others to open up rather than shut down nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Practices for reversing habitual patterns nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Methods for working with chaotic situations nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp; Ways for creating effective social action