Daily dharma teachings on compassion, wisdom, mindfulness, and joy – ideal for creating moments of peace and reflection in our chaotic world. Awaken Every Day shares a quick dose of everyday wisdom, encouraging us to understand the true causes of our suffering and the paths to freedom. These insightful reflections help us understand our minds, our connections to our communities, and how to become the people we aspire to be.
Daily wisdom from the book includes
- A Healthy Mind
- Being Kind to Yourself
- Growing Faith
- Good Qualities Can Be Cultivated Limitlessly
- What is Important When We Die?
The story behind the book
Venerable Thubten Chodron reads an excerpt
If we review our life—or even just the past year—with honesty, we’ll notice the times when the garbage in our minds has led us to make bad decisions. Alarmed, we may scream, “Woe is me! This is too much to handle!” and then go to the bar, shopping mall, casino, refrigerator, or movies. This attitude and the actions it inspires get us nowhere.
Our old habits of low self-esteem, self-criticism, and defeatism are some of the garbage to abandon. Instead of wallowing in such unrealistic thoughts, we must leave the rubbish behind. Read more…
- “Practicing Buddhist mindfulness” given at Insight Timer, Sydney, Australia
- “Bringing the Dharma into daily life” given at the East West Bookshop in Seattle, WA
- “Cold Water Clarity from a Wise Warm Well,” The Tattooed Buddha
- “Awaken Every Day, A dazzling daybook with spiritual practices for when the rubber hits the road,” Spirituality and Practice.
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A wise and beautiful collection of reflections that provide a daily reminder of what’s true, what’s real, and what matters.
—Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, author of “Stumbling on Happiness”
We all want to deepen our understanding of life and to expand our insight and compassion. Thubten Chodron reminds us that practice isn’t just what we do on the meditation cushion. Our mindfulness must extend to whatever is going on in our minds throughout the day. The brief daily reflections in Awaken Every Day provide helpful and practical tools to accomplish just that.
—Sharon Salzberg, author of “Lovingkindness” and “Real Love”