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August 9, 2012

Book coverTaking the Leap:
Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears

by Pema Chödrön
Shambhala Library edition


In this pithy, inspiring book, Pema Chödrön presents the Buddhist concept of shenpa, which can be translated as "getting stuck" or "getting hooked." Shenpa arises in that moment when life suddenly becomes disappointing, difficult, or painful. Here, Ani Pema offers transformational teachings and practices that readers can immediately put to use in their daily lives. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy. This contest is now closed. Congrats to Sandy V.! Thanks everyone, for all the lovely comments. Please stay come back soon for more giveaways!


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112 Responses to Book Giveaway

  • Ken Boorman says:

    This certainly sounds like a book I would be interested in reading and hopefully getting life tips from.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  • Adam Penkul says:

    I love Pema Chodrons' work, Ive read a couple of her books, her writing is both accessible and yet deep and profound. This book, judging by the title, seems very relevant to my own journey.
    Thank You Shambhala for making these works available.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  • LB says:

    i am stuck and hooked. chronically.
    would like for the words in this book to help loosen the knots.
    i would read them twice, thrice...

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  • Debra Arment says:

    I love Pema's books and try to share them with as many friends and family as possible. I appreciate her work!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  • Patricia Dirlam says:

    Pema has taught me more about real Christianity than any teacher I have ever listened to, because through her wise and compassionate understanding, I gradually learn what it means to love.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  • cheryl dyck-brockman says:

    I am a counselor and this book would be a great addition for my practice with clients and of course myself. Greatness truly is words!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  • Laura Jane Landis says:

    Pema Chodron is a blessing to all beings. In this increasingly dark age, she is a beacon of courage and compassion.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  • Cynthia Gwirtz Satterfield says:

    We recently had to evacuate our home, twice, due to the western wildfires. The only book I took with me was The Pema Chodron Collection. It was on the coffee table and I snatched it up on my way out the door.Just holding it in my hands calmed me. Thankfully, our home was spared.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  • Cindy Loose says:

    Very interested in reading a copy of this book

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  • Ed says:

    Pick meeee! :=)

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  • Mary Davies says:

    This book intrigues me

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  • Lewis Ward says:

    Good practice for everyone.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  • Joyce van den Beuken says:

    Wow, would love to win a copy! Pema was the one who changed my life with her teachings in 'When things fall apart'. Read it over and over again.
    Love to you all,
    Joyce

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  • Mary Lovold says:

    Pema Chodron has an incredible ability to link every day life with the Divine in order to bring clarity and understanding to life's challenges. Finding a book that gives tools in incorporate immediately is needful. I would be honored to add this book to my library. Thank you

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  • Lena Grace says:

    When Shenpa occurs, strategies to 'unhook' or transform the attitude is my current focus. I receive so many practical words of guidance from Pema Chodron's written wisdom. Om Tare!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

  • Manon Gemme says:

    I love this autor so much... Luck will be on my side!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  • John Smolinski says:

    Pema's teaching is so down-to-earth and lucid. I had the good fortune of crossing paths with here at the Austin Shambhala Buddhist Center. She gave me instruction on all important 'gonging' technique!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  • Andrew Logan says:

    Looks like an interesting book! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  • Daniel Volz says:

    Thank you.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  • Luis F Amato says:

    I never have had a chance to read a book from Pema Chodron, so this can be a great opportunity to learn her teachigs. Thanks.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  • Robert Hare says:

    I've long appreciated Shambhala's quality titles and excellence in publishing.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

  • gwen wolverton-diggs says:

    *love* pema chodron

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  • Hollie Berman says:

    One of my favorite Buddhist nuns to the rescue!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  • Tim straka says:

    I feel like this would be a great read for me especially at the point I am now in my life and would love to add this to my growing colleaction.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  • Charles Imbimbo says:

    I love Pema Chodron & Shambhala books! Pema's message of starting where you are and using everything is very helpful. It assists the practitioner in letting go of "shoulds" and projections. Thanks Shambhala for publishing such great titles!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  • Sendy says:

    There is a great need for guidance to help us move beyond the stickiness of our addictions. Something that helps us act out of the great compassion that arises from watching the suffering and troubles that inevitably follow when we get stuck, time and time again.

    Thank you, Pema Chödrön, for passing on the pithy guidance of great beings like Trungpa Rinpoche in such an authentic, unique and relevant way.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  • David Johnson says:

    This looks like another great book from Pema Chödrön.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  • David Johnson says:

    This looks like another great book from Pema Chödrön.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  • Ioana says:

    I've enjoyed reading her books so far, and would love to get my hands on this one too. Thank you.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  • Beth says:

    I found Pema Chodron's The Places that Scare You so helpful I've recommended and given it to many friends. I can't wait to read this book because despite the fact that I've worked hard to embrace living in the soft spot, I still get stuck, sometimes more than I realize, when I am faced with disappointments or upsets.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  • Susana Lorenzo says:

    I always reald Pema's quote and they are really inspiring and helpful.
    I feel I've been stuck for quite a long time and reading this book might help me find the clue or can help me work better with myself.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  • Gineen Salvini says:

    Pema continues to inspire me. Thank you all of the folks at Shambala for all that you do. Much love ~

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  • Patricia Loke says:

    Would love to win this book....I have learned and gained so much wisdom and different perspectives from reading Pema Chodron...I want/will immerse myself in the teachings. Thank you for this opportunity
    Namaste'
    ~~Patricia

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  • MacDuff Perkins says:

    I LOVE Pema Chodron! Thank you so much for having this contest and bringing her into more libraries!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  • Pat Meinen says:

    I am a professional worrier. I have never been able to break the habit, but this book looks like it might do the trick.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  • Lesley Manzo says:

    I look forward to and am inspired by the quotes by Ani that arrive in my email each week. They help me begin my day with new outlooks.

    Thank you Ani,
    Lesley Manzo

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

  • Surfananda says:

    While I have made enough leaps in my life, the telling of which would fill a book, there is a surety that Pema Chodron provides wisdom & method that will benefit even a seasoned "leaper". There is also the likelihood of getting hooked on leaping & missing a whole range of better choices. -- Surfananda

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  • Susan Helmer says:

    When I read Pema Chodron's book, "When Things Fall Apart - Heart Advice for Difficult Times", just the act of reading it helped promote the meditative state of mind. It was very clearly written. I would love to read more!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  • Mark OMeara says:

    Looking forward to reading this to help become unstuck...

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

  • chris mcdermott says:

    have wanted this book since publication...winning a copy would be tremendous, and most assuredly, recommended highly, as I do with every Pema Chodron book/audio I own.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  • DrBob says:

    I always appreciate her commumocation of Buddhist wisdom and use it counseling the addicted

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  • Stephanie Janisin says:

    I find Pema Chodron to offer true inspiration through her work and writing. I quote her often!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

  • Sandy Vondrasek says:

    Buddhism, meditation, the dharma---what gifts and tools, STILL get hooked, lots,, but gaining some space and skills. Gratitude to the teachers and the lineage.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  • Deanna says:

    Old habits die hard.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  • Jason Pence says:

    Pema Chodron has helped me to change my life! I haven't read this book yet. But, My heart is full of gratitude! I struggle with Shenpa. My attachment to food and desire to isolate. May this book help many, help themselves!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  • Marcela says:

    I'm taking the leap into opportunity for wisdom. Hope to win the book.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  • Catriona O'Curry says:

    It is a leap year! Every leap year, my husband and I seem to take great leaps! It's not planned this way, but looking back, it is what we have done. In my studies I read advice about welcoming change, and not being afraid of it. Right now, I am finding the monotony almost unbearable. I say : "Show me where to leap! Show me how to leap! Let me teach my students how to do this!".

    Thank you.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  • Jennifer says:

    Life is just one big leap after another. I'm so grateful for people like Pema who help to keep me from crashing to the ground.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

  • Tamara says:

    Reading her books is the best gift you could give yourself and our own. Her writing has transformed and guided me ...

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  • Jennifer Hagedorn Dizon says:

    I appreciate the love and wisdom of Pema. I hope I get to win this book. :-)

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  • Mahrya Quinn says:

    We all could use this book at some point in our lives. Very relevant.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

  • Alison Cameron says:

    I would LOVE to win this book!! I belong to a weekly meditation/book study group; we have just finished Pema Chodrun's 'The Places that Scare You' and have started 'No Time to Lose', her huge commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva. It has taken us a month (!) to get through Chapter One, discussing and pondering, there is so much stuff going on in all our lives that would fall under the categories of 'disappointing, difficult, or painful.' Something (presumably short and) pithy would be a great adjunct to the weekly meetings. Thank you for offering this chance.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  • Marcie says:

    I'd like this one!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  • Suzanna says:

    This is the only book by Pema that I don't have! Would love to receive a copy.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  • Liz Gallardo says:

    Ever since my first listen to Ani Pema from CD checked out of my public library I have been a student and admirer. Most of my collection has been passed on to others to share her insights when they seem to need it. It would be lovely to add this volume to my library for review and sharing.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

  • Heather says:

    I would love to win this book! I have one other book by Pema Chodron that I really like. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  • Todd McIntyre says:

    I could really use a book.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  • elizabeth goodheart says:

    Pema can always be counted on to deliver exctly what I need to hear, when I need to hear it...in the most no-judgemental, user-friendly way.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

  • Anna Kamstra says:

    Disappointment and pain represent the gaps between what is and what we think should be.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

  • Tony White says:

    I would like to thank Pema Chodron and Shambhala for everything they have done for me. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  • Kate Irick says:

    I would be honored to read this book. Hopefully within are hints about getting "unstuck"; as this would be highly beneficial in the work I have ahead of me! Thank you.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  • Katie Winston says:

    would love to win this book - very timely in my life right now...
    thank you for the chance to win a copy

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  • Julie B. says:

    Pema is able to be just one of us and put concepts into words we can comprehend. Shenpa is really so uncomfortable but if you follow Pema's advice, it's tolerable.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  • Frank Malinaro says:

    In these bewildering times the wisdom she offers is dynamic ! For years I have cherished this great human beings writings. I continue to do so and pray for her safety, happiness, and longevity. Namaste , Psychic Frank

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  • Kearstin Curran says:

    I would love to get my hands on this book and begin the practice today. Like many others before me, I have had great loss in my life recently and it just seems that I cannot free myself from this pain and guilt.

    My acupunture practitioner was telling me that I am "stuck" so this book seems to speak directly on my heart level.

    Thank you.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  • Jonny Jamtjord says:

    The books of Pema Chödrön is as clear as a mountain lake, I am.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

  • Mark says:

    I am in a kind of stuck state and think that the book of Pema Chödrön can be a guide for getting unstuck.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

  • Linda snag says:

    Love Pema Chodron! she is a blessing

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

  • Marilyn Stephen says:

    I hold Pema's wisdom close to my heart.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

  • Cynthia Wakefield says:

    I love all of Pema's books and I don't have this one. My budget has been cut and can't afford to spend much on books at this time. Would love to have this one.....thank you Pema

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  • Cynthia Wakefield says:

    I love all of Pema's book and she is so inspirational to me and the clients I work with. My budget has been severely cut and books are not on my spending list. I don't have this one and would love to read it......thanks Pema!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

  • Vicki Wang says:

    The wisdom of Pema Chödrön transformed my life! I once was a victim, now a survivor and looking forward to thrive! Thank you <3

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  • stephanie finley says:

    I need to read this book. Thank you for your teachings over the years.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

  • lea says:

    I simply love Pema Chodron! and the four limitless ones!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  • John Patrick Ellis says:

    Pithy is as pithy does.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

  • Jayme Johns says:

    namaste. :)

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  • Margot Sammurtok says:

    Pema always helps!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

  • Alix Royer says:

    It's funny with these giveaway contests: You somehow feel you have to prove you need this book more than anyone else, but it would be selfish to try to win it. So then you try to be funny about the whole situation, and that only risks making things even more pathetic. Now if that isn't samsara....

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  • Kristen Herrington says:

    thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful book from this wise woman!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  • Pemma Davies says:

    Pema Chodron's explanations and teachings on shenpa have been of immeasurable benefit to me in my day to day dealings with others. Being able to recognise not only my own, but also the shutting down in others has saved me much energy. I don't waste quite as much time flogging a dead horse owned by shenpa, I pick my battles and try to fight them when I'm not bound as tightly by my shenpa ropes. Thank you Pema and Dzigar Kingtrul Rinpoche for this practical wisdom!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  • Susan McLaughlin says:

    Her teachings are a blessing. I'm listening to her CD set, "Perfect Just as You Are." Thanks for holding a drawing!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm

  • Teresa Rowles says:

    I would love a copy of this book. Going through some emotional turmoil right now and I think this book would give me some insight. Thanks.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  • Pete Figueira says:

    Love Pema's down to earth style. I bow to Pema and the Buddha within her.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  • sam says:

    i am leaping in this moment into freedom and look at all those waiting there for me ......... all saying .......... finally ! welcome !
    any and all tools in unhooking welcome so i don't keep getting caught!!!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  • Denise Goldie says:

    No matter what I am going through on a day to day level I always find something, inspirational and positive and explanatory when I read my daily quotes from Pema. Thank you Pema for you daily openings and sharings which assist me in my moments of enquiry. denise goldie

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

  • llucienne theobald says:

    Would be a positive book to learn from. Perspective and awareness to have greater clarity and balance.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  • Amanda says:

    I cannot read to read this book. I have taken so much from Pema Choddron's writing since the separation of my husband and I in March. Her words have brought me peace, prospective and the increased ability to manage the moment. I look forward to reading more of what she has written.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  • Mary Bast says:

    Pema Chödrön's When Things Fall Apart saved my life and her other books and articles continue to change my life, always for the better, always to be more present, to lean into the sharp points, to be more compassionate to self and others. Thank you for this offer.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm

  • jaki says:

    I am ready to take the leap and move from grief toward love. Pema's work has given me the strength to envision a life without fear and the hope that I can find that. My family deserves this from me and so do I.
    In Peace and Compassion...

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

  • Allen Archer says:

    Pema Chodron is a truly compassionate spirit. I love her book "Getting Unstuck". I can't wait to read this one!

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  • Barbara Ballard says:

    I look forward to reading and practicing Pema's words and insights when dealing with the arising of daily hindrances.

    Posted on August 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

  • NANCY JEFFERIS says:

    I love Pema Chodron. Her books are what got me started on the path. I continue to rely on them for instruction & insight. I am waiting for another book to arrive.

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

  • John Bowling says:

    I would like to read this book as it seems to address universal issues we all face.

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 6:28 am

  • AndyW says:

    Enjoyed her "Start Where You Are" very much. Looking forward to perusing this one!

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

  • Perri Kapp says:

    I am beginning a new life and trying to leave behind all of the fears instilled in me as a child by my mother who was a worrier and paranoid. This book would probably be so helpful in my transition so I hope I will win. Thank you for giving away your books. I suspect the universe ensures they go to the person who needs it most. Blessings!

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 7:01 am

  • Parisa Soltani says:

    Our old habits bind us like chains, one by one we ought to hunt them and break them so to see reality a new, not as described. Great possibilities will present themselves once we are no longer bound by routines and repetitious circles we entrap oursrlves in!

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

  • germaine says:

    wow this book would work really well for me at this point in my life.

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

  • Jen George says:

    I just discovered this book this week and can't wait to get it. The little I read was very helpful. Thanks Pema!!

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

  • Nikki Somplasky says:

    As a great fan of Pema Chodron, I would just love to add this book of hers to my collection. To me, this is the lady who 'nails me to the wall' with her deadly honesty, and loving kindness. She just says everything I was thinking and did not want to say. I love her, and have found so much wisdom in her writings.

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

  • Karen Adelwerth says:

    Pema Chodron's teachings have helped me so much. She and Thich Nhat Hahn have inspired me to be a better kinder person Sometimes I am pleased with where I am and sometimes I am forgiving myself for not doing better. As a clinical social worker I too am a teacher and I gently offer these same lessons to those who are open to them. We are all part of the same system and I believe our responsibility to the Universe and thus to our ourselves and to each other is to do what we can to make our system/world/universe a more loving harmonious place for us to "be."

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

  • Tawnya says:

    I just learned of Puma Chodron these past weeks and what a gift she is and her teachings WOW!!!!! Haven't yet read any of her books and would love the chance to do so :)

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  • Tawnya says:

    I just learned of Pema Chodron these past weeks and what a gift she is and her teachings WOW!!!!! Haven't yet read any of her books and would love the chance to do so :)

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  • Pam says:

    I am a huge follower. I have definitely taken to heart everything I've read.

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  • Walter says:

    Thank you, so beautiful!

    Posted on August 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  • Sulekha says:

    Can I please have the book? My teacher introduced me to Pema Chodron. I would love to learn more from this book...

    Posted on August 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

  • Brian says:

    Pema's teachings are wonderful, powerful and personally transforming.

    Posted on August 11, 2012 at 8:08 am

  • Kirsty Martinsen says:

    Pema Chodron has changed my life. From "When ?things Fall Apart" to "No Time To Lose" her remarkable instructions have helped me face myself without over and over again. Many heartfelt thanks Pema."

    Posted on August 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm

  • Christine McKenna says:

    Ani Pema never ceases to inspire! And I still seek her inspiration.

    Posted on August 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

  • mike says:

    Anything Pema Chödron has to say is worth at least a listen if not the entire practice of reflection and meditation

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

  • Susan says:

    May Pema's book help many of us!!

    Posted on August 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

  • Scott Pomeroy says:

    Thank you for this opportunity

    Posted on August 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

  • heather says:

    Thank you Pema, for the offering of space where there is none, grace where there is confusion and judgement, freshness of choice against the force of unconscious habit and history. I'm looking forward to spending time with this book!

    Posted on August 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

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