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  • The Wisdom of No Escape

  • And the Path of Loving-Kindness
  • By: Pema Chodron
  • Narrated by: Joanna Rotté
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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The Wisdom of No Escape

By: Pema Chodron
Narrated by: Joanna Rotté
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Summary

It’s true, as they say, that we can only love others when we first love ourselves and we can only experience real joy when we stop running from pain. The key to understanding these truisms lies in remaining open to life in all circumstances, and here Pema Chödrön shows us how. Because when we embrace the happiness and suffering, intelligence and confusion that are a natural part of life, we can begin to discover a wellspring of courageous love within our hearts.

©1991 Pema Chödrön (P)2008 Shambhala Publications

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Complex teachings made intelligible

Joanna Rotte does a good job of presenting Pema Choödröns message that we need to stop running from pain and ourselves, and if we accept the tenet that both are imperfect and are kind to ourselves and others, embracing the complexity of existence *As it is* we will get more out life. I think Rotte with her inflections of humour serves the teachings and Chödrön well. A good listen.

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Life Changing Wisdom

I had been listening to Comfortable with Uncertainty repeatedly for about 5 years before this came out on Audible, and they are both amazing! A lot of this one is also in Comfortable with Uncertainty, but it is great to hear it in it's original context. These are my favourite dharma books, so dense with wisdom. Pema's writing had had a big impact on my life. She inspires me to try to turn towards uncomfortable emotions, and to experience them fully.

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Audio quality is poor

I enjoyed it, but this audio book shouldn't be on Audible when the audio quality is so poor. It's a shame because the narrator is really very good. I think I will buy the actual book.

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  • jenjen
  • 07-08-19

Narrator doesn't do Pema justice.

I have listened to many recordings of Pema's teaching. Her compassion, kindness, and non-judgmentalness comes through very clearly in her voice. Her voice alone makes me feel understood and safe. This narrator does the opposite of that. She adds judgmental inflections and tones where I really think Pema would not. It is really hard for me to get through listening to this. I don't want to return it bc the content is so good. I hope that anyone who listens to this also listens to some recordings of Pema's teachings so you can really catch her spirit.

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  • christine ferry
  • 19-07-19

Continue to learn

I’ve read Pema’s books for years, listening to them with the sleep timer is an extra bonus. I like to fall asleep thinking of positive messages with insight for personal growth.

This book is no exception- Pema teaches the important lessons of loving kindness and introspection without judgement.

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  • Ashley Monroe
  • 13-12-22

So many fabulous metaphors! Loved this book!

I really enjoyed listening to this book and found the narrator's voice really calling but still engaging and found this to be a helpful book and I just finished the four agreements and I felt that there were some true similarities that made me enjoy this even more. I found all the metaphors that she gave in the book were helpful and enjoyable. Sometimes a metaphor just really sticks in my head and makes me understand things at a deeper level.

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  • One Awesome Chick
  • 18-04-22

waking up

The narrator is fantastic. She brings the often gut wrenching message to life. Excellent author.

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  • G. Milner
  • 10-08-21

Beautifully simplistic

Being new to the subject of meditation and Buddhism I found this quite easier to read and understand than other endeavors I attempted. Highly recommended first introduction or quick refresher on the topics of meditation and Buddhism.

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  • Jan
  • 18-10-20

one of my favorites from Pema

Not only is the book amazing, I love how the voice talent sounds so much like Pema. I'm very picky about voices. It's like Pema is speaking. Very professional, and simply perfect! Thank you!

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  • Christopher Porter
  • 06-01-23

Pompous?

Found the book somewhat useful but dunno if it was the narrator or what but it felt like a fair dose of hot air as well.

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  • Melinda | Theta Thoughts
  • 04-01-23

Enjoyed this book

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book by Pema and this was the first time I listened on audible. I very much enjoyed the content and Pema’s humor. I recommend this book.

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  • Seth Kammer
  • 04-02-22

One of the best books of wisdom with solid narration

This was a very impressive production. It’s incredible how insightful a shift in perspective can be.

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  • cat
  • 13-06-20

really helped encourage me to find meaning.

i love it! the book was a well detailed story that helped encourage me to be me. focusing on my outbreath and enjoying the now was a great method of teaching.