When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she’d speak at the commencement ceremony.
Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day.
“What do we do when life doesn’t go the way we hoped?” begins Pema “We say, ‘I’m a failure.”
But what if failing wasn’t just “okay,” but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being?
Here, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown-in ourselves and in the world-and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose.
For readers of all faiths who are at a life crossroads, this brilliant gem of clarity is sure to earn its place in our kitchens, offices, and backpacks, ready to help us get back on our feet and into our hearts.
Includes an in-depth interview with Pema Chödrön and Tami Simon.
“For Boulder, Colorado-based Naropa University’s 2014 commencement ceremony, Chödrön (When Things Fall Apart) told new graduates that ‘knowing how to fail well’ is an essential-and neglected-life skill. Chödrön, an American Buddhist nun, popular author, and student of the late Chögyam Trungpa, urges her audience to hold the ‘rawness of vulnerability in [your] heart’ rather than blaming self or others. This volume pairs a transcript of the very short speech, accompanied by abstract black and white drawings, with a more substantive interview with her publisher, in which Chödrön talks candidly about her personal experiences with failure and explores self-hatred, human goodness, and fear. She provides insightful suggestions for how to move forward into life despite crushing failure, how to turn regret into empathy and compassion, and how to cope gracefully with a failing body. This small book, an appropriate gift for recent graduates or anyone facing a challenging transition, also contains sustenance for loyal Chödrön fans, and introduces new readers to her gentle wisdom for living in a ‘world where there are a lot of things that aren’t fixable.”
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