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Don't Bite the Hook

Finding Freedom from Anger, Resentment, and Other Destructive Emotions
Written by: Pema Chödrön
Narrated by: Pema Chödrön
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Life has a way of provoking us with traffic jams and computer malfunctions, with emotionally distant partners and crying children - and before we know it, we're upset. We feel terrible, and then we end up saying and doing things that only make matters worse. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Pema Chödrön. It is possible to relate constructively to the inevitable shocks, losses, and frustrations of life so that we can find true happiness. The key, Pema explains, is not biting the "hook" of our habitual responses. In this recorded weekend retreat, Pema draws on Buddhist teachings from The Way of the Bodhisattva to reveal how we can:

  • Stay centered in the midst of difficulty
  • Improve stressful relationships
  • Step out of the downward spiral of self-hatred
  • Awaken compassion for ourselves and others

©2018 Pema Chödrön (P)2018 Random House Audio
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I love listening to Pema and her books

Over and over again I listen to this book.
Over and over again I can listen to this book.
Its helped me through a very difficult time. I look at things differently and I feel a shift in my emotions.
Pema is thoughtful, easy, explains life so eloquently. She is also very funny!

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Relevant interpretation

Pema shares wonderful tool to help us in our day to day living, to break the cycles.

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Wonderful

I’ve learned so much from this, specifically how to process these uncomfortable emotions and I am grateful 💜

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great lessons in Don't Take the Hook.

The narrator was Pema herself and it was interesting but I couldn't retain any of it and have listened to the whole book twice. hard to backtrack, like you would do a book, although you can back up and repeat part of the reading easily, which is a bonus. I do not think this is the best genre for myself in this format. I think fiction would be great, however.

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Everyone should listen to this

Amazing and eye opening book that helped me open my eyes. The perspective shared is invaluable to enhancing your world

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Excellent overall book.

This book was excellent. I did find the male narrator irritating however. The main speaker had a very soothing voice and as a Christian, I learned a lot about Buddhism.

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Comforting and much needed!

Loved it - her voice, how it was built and the message - I'll start over again right away!

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Amazing Teaching!!

Have played this twice so far and have learned so much...I will continue to listen to this.

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Powerful

Wonderfully true authentic and heart reaching. On my 3rd listen. Highly recommended for everyone looking for internal peace.

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  • Barbara J
  • 2018-12-09

always inspiring

In a world filled with so many things that can "hook" us, Pema Chodron teaches us how NOT to bite the hook. Very liberating!

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  • Tawanda
  • 2018-04-22

Owner's manual for being human

Reading this book was like finding my Owner's manual for being human. It reminds us all how alike we are and how we can ease our own suffering as well as that of others.

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  • Edie Pier
  • 2019-04-10

Reads well, enlightening, and informative

Reads like a lecture so it is very easy listening. I enjoyed most the question and answer session at the end of the audio. This book provides real answers and real tools that are changing my life.

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  • Sue Gambill-Read
  • 2018-08-25

Pema is my valium

She keeps me from being dark, morose and combative in my life. I can dip into any of her talks and get recentered.

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  • Kimm Harris
  • 2018-05-23

Always learning from Pema

No matter how many times I listen to this book, I learn. Thanks to Pema for making these teachings so much more available to me.

I like that Pema reads her work.

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  • michael demangone
  • 2020-02-13

Vintage Pema!👍🙏

This was quite a treat. As Pema herself led the narrative in a conference style! Where she dissected some Buddhist teachings that I never would’ve understood without her interpretations! She breaks things down too simple and understandable and relatable instruction! Vintage Pema! She has the ability to explain things in such a humanistic and practical way. And she interjects such great humor at the same time! I just love her!

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  • Frederick Stewart
  • 2020-02-13

It is a nice long Dharma talk

It was a very informative, enlightening Dharma talk. Not an audiobook but still very good.

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  • Melissa
  • 2018-07-11

Short but packed with wisdom

I checked this out from the library a few years ago and was happy to find it on audible. I do not have a background in Buddhist thought and that was not a hindrance. I enjoyed Pema Chodron's delivery and her sense of humor shines through.

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  • Sequoya
  • 2019-11-18

Masterful!

Pema is a supreme educator that takes us into a powerful journey...hate and anger are “unmasked” and the need to run away from “them” will vanish. This is 3 hours of pure wisdom for all ages! Prepare yourself to listen to this course hundreds of times.

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  • SD
  • 2019-11-15

Engaging and powerful

Engaging and powerful, the talk gets at the roots of anger and destructive emotions and provides pragmatic guidance based on ancient wisdom

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  • ghp
  • 2019-11-11

Very interesting !

An approach very different of what we can hear in our western culture. A very interesting point of view at the end.