Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Unexpected Post: Quote of the Week | The Dream of Constant Okayness from Pema Chodron

This American grandmother has been a light to many for years.  If you aren't familiar with her, you will benefit from reading or listening to her.

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September 19, 2012


It's not impermanence per se, or even knowing we're going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it's our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it's called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that's called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.

Of Interest to Readers

The Pocket Pema Chodron

We're pleased to announce the release of Pema Chödrön's new book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. It'll be in stores on October 9, but it's available now from, and if you order from us we'll also send a free copy of The Pocket Pema Chödrön, a treasury of 108 selections from Pema's best-selling books.


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Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, pages 6–7.

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Teachings by Pema Chödrön, from works published by Shambhala Publications. Photo by ©Andrea Roth.

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