Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. Pema is interested in helping establish the monastic tradition in the West, as well in continuing her work with Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. She is the author of many books, some written with The Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh.
In Accogliere l’inaccettabile (Welcoming the Unwelcome) Pema Chödrön offers a combination of wisdom, heartfelt reflections, and the signature mix of humor and insight that have made her a beloved figure to turn to during times of change. In an increasingly polarized world, Pema shows us how to strengthen our abilities to find common ground, even when we disagree, and influence our environment in positive ways. Sharing never-before told personal stories from her remarkable life, simple and powerful everyday practices, and directly relatable advice, Pema encourages us all to become triumphant bodhisattvas–compassionate beings–in times of hardship. Accogliere l’inaccettabile (Welcoming the Unwelcome) includes teachings on the true meaning of karma, recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with–even the most challenging ones, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use to bring light to the darkness we face, wherever and whatever it may be.
The Buddha, which means “one who is awake”, in the sense of “awakening to reality”, was born in Nepal, under the name of Siddharta Gautama, approximately 2500 years ago. He was a human being who became awakened, understanding life in the deepest manner. According to traditional biographies, he was born of a noble family, received a privileged education and was kept protected against the painful events of life. His life was deeply shaken when he realized that all beings must age, get ill and die.
The Dhammapada is an ancient, but extremely modern, poem that fascinates both readers who have no knowledge of Buddhism and the most experienced meditators who have always recognized its invaluable depth and breath as guidance. The core of the work is the teaching of ethics by extolling virtue and abandoning unhealthy behaviors. The verses are deep and poetic, capable of guiding the reader, with the typical Buddhist kindness and lack of dogmatism, towards a higher moral sensitivity and spiritual serenity. In addition to a new Italian version edited by Professor Francesco Sferra, this edition features an English translation and, as a tribute to the more than century-long journey that this poem has made in our culture, the Latin version made in the 1900’s by the Danish scholar Viggo Fausbøll, which marked the first appearance of the Dhammapada in a Western language. Finally, the transliteration of the Pali language is a further instrument for savoring the origin of this must-read concentrated blend of wisdom.