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Book Giveaway: Taking the Leap

Book coverTaking the Leap:
Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

by Pema Chödrön
Shambhala Library edition

In this pithy, inspiring book, Pema Chödrön presents the Buddhist concept of shenpa, which can be translated as “getting stuck” or “getting hooked.” Shenpa arises in that moment when life suddenly becomes disappointing, difficult, or painful. Here, Ani Pema offers transformational teachings and practices that readers can immediately put to use in their daily lives. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy. This contest is now closed. Congrats to Sandy V.! Thanks everyone, for all the lovely comments. Please stay come back soon for more giveaways!

112 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Taking the Leap

  1. I love Pema Chodrons’ work, Ive read a couple of her books, her writing is both accessible and yet deep and profound. This book, judging by the title, seems very relevant to my own journey.
    Thank You Shambhala for making these works available.

  2. i am stuck and hooked. chronically.
    would like for the words in this book to help loosen the knots.
    i would read them twice, thrice…

  3. I love Pema’s books and try to share them with as many friends and family as possible. I appreciate her work!

  4. Pema has taught me more about real Christianity than any teacher I have ever listened to, because through her wise and compassionate understanding, I gradually learn what it means to love.

  5. I am a counselor and this book would be a great addition for my practice with clients and of course myself. Greatness truly is words!

  6. Pema Chodron is a blessing to all beings. In this increasingly dark age, she is a beacon of courage and compassion.

  7. We recently had to evacuate our home, twice, due to the western wildfires. The only book I took with me was The Pema Chodron Collection. It was on the coffee table and I snatched it up on my way out the door.Just holding it in my hands calmed me. Thankfully, our home was spared.

  8. Pema Chodron has an incredible ability to link every day life with the Divine in order to bring clarity and understanding to life’s challenges. Finding a book that gives tools in incorporate immediately is needful. I would be honored to add this book to my library. Thank you

  9. When Shenpa occurs, strategies to ‘unhook’ or transform the attitude is my current focus. I receive so many practical words of guidance from Pema Chodron’s written wisdom. Om Tare!

  10. Pema’s teaching is so down-to-earth and lucid. I had the good fortune of crossing paths with here at the Austin Shambhala Buddhist Center. She gave me instruction on all important ‘gonging’ technique!

  11. I never have had a chance to read a book from Pema Chodron, so this can be a great opportunity to learn her teachigs. Thanks.

  12. I feel like this would be a great read for me especially at the point I am now in my life and would love to add this to my growing colleaction.

  13. I love Pema Chodron & Shambhala books! Pema’s message of starting where you are and using everything is very helpful. It assists the practitioner in letting go of “shoulds” and projections. Thanks Shambhala for publishing such great titles!

  14. There is a great need for guidance to help us move beyond the stickiness of our addictions. Something that helps us act out of the great compassion that arises from watching the suffering and troubles that inevitably follow when we get stuck, time and time again.

    Thank you, Pema Chödrön, for passing on the pithy guidance of great beings like Trungpa Rinpoche in such an authentic, unique and relevant way.

  15. I found Pema Chodron’s The Places that Scare You so helpful I’ve recommended and given it to many friends. I can’t wait to read this book because despite the fact that I’ve worked hard to embrace living in the soft spot, I still get stuck, sometimes more than I realize, when I am faced with disappointments or upsets.

  16. I always reald Pema’s quote and they are really inspiring and helpful.
    I feel I’ve been stuck for quite a long time and reading this book might help me find the clue or can help me work better with myself.

  17. Would love to win this book….I have learned and gained so much wisdom and different perspectives from reading Pema Chodron…I want/will immerse myself in the teachings. Thank you for this opportunity

  18. I am a professional worrier. I have never been able to break the habit, but this book looks like it might do the trick.

  19. I look forward to and am inspired by the quotes by Ani that arrive in my email each week. They help me begin my day with new outlooks.

    Thank you Ani,
    Lesley Manzo

  20. While I have made enough leaps in my life, the telling of which would fill a book, there is a surety that Pema Chodron provides wisdom & method that will benefit even a seasoned “leaper”. There is also the likelihood of getting hooked on leaping & missing a whole range of better choices. — Surfananda

  21. When I read Pema Chodron’s book, “When Things Fall Apart – Heart Advice for Difficult Times”, just the act of reading it helped promote the meditative state of mind. It was very clearly written. I would love to read more!

  22. have wanted this book since publication…winning a copy would be tremendous, and most assuredly, recommended highly, as I do with every Pema Chodron book/audio I own.

  23. Buddhism, meditation, the dharma—what gifts and tools, STILL get hooked, lots,, but gaining some space and skills. Gratitude to the teachers and the lineage.

  24. Pema Chodron has helped me to change my life! I haven’t read this book yet. But, My heart is full of gratitude! I struggle with Shenpa. My attachment to food and desire to isolate. May this book help many, help themselves!

  25. It is a leap year! Every leap year, my husband and I seem to take great leaps! It’s not planned this way, but looking back, it is what we have done. In my studies I read advice about welcoming change, and not being afraid of it. Right now, I am finding the monotony almost unbearable. I say : “Show me where to leap! Show me how to leap! Let me teach my students how to do this!”.

    Thank you.

  26. Life is just one big leap after another. I’m so grateful for people like Pema who help to keep me from crashing to the ground.

  27. Reading her books is the best gift you could give yourself and our own. Her writing has transformed and guided me …

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