When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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The beautiful practicality of her teaching has made Pema Chödrön one of the most beloved of contemporary American spiritual authors among Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A collection of talks she gave between 1987 and 1994, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties.

Much like Zen, Chödrön's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a non-theistic spiritualism. In When Things Fall Apart, this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues.

By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. The graceful, conversational tone of Chödrön's writing gives the impression of sitting on a pillow across from her, listening to her everyday examples of Buddhist wisdom.

Why We Love This Gift: We love this gift because we have discovered that in times of crisis, we are sometimes open to concepts we would have struggled to embrace prior to crisis. This book beautifully expresses that finding truth and beauty within the darkest times is possible. (Even if we'd give it all back to return to the pace where our lost loved one is, or the place we were happy). Making sense of struggle and loss is a universal struggle. This book reminds us of this, showing us we are not alone.

What To Express in Your Card: I struggled to find something that would help you. Something that would match the level of pain you are in and then salve it. Of course I couldn't do that, but I hoped that Chödrön could succeed where I know I will fail. Please accept this book along with my love.

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