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Kelly Brill

I discovered Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia on my summer vacation and so wanted to read more about Buddhism, and was especially curious about Pema Chodron. This book could serve as devotional reading and is short enough to be almost like a long read magazine article. I’m glad I read a basic book about Buddhism first. This book helps you think about how your practice of inner peace can help create more peace throughout the world. As she says, “If we want there to be peace in the world, we have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid in our hearts, to find the soft spot and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility. That’s the true practice of peace.”

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Richard Propes

"Practicing Peace in Times of War" is, relatively speaking, a primer with a strong focus on inward peace (despite a title that I can't help but think is a tad deceptive). For those unfamiliar with Chodron's writings, it's actually a great place to start. However, if you're already immersed then it's likely to feel like familiar writings/lessons.

However, there's a certain advantage to this type of book - it's a quick, easy read filled with fundamental lessons that are well communicated and made applicable to the reader. Because I truly wanted to integrate the writing into my being, I took a handful of days to read the book. However, it's a short enough book that most could likely finish it in one day if desired.

Chodron does use some Buddhist terms, but is also really great about explaining them in simple terms that are easily understood.

While certainly not the best of Chodron's writings, this book is an enlightening and educational read and most who appreciate Chodron or embrace Buddhism will find much to love here.

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L.W.

Excellent, excellent, teeny tiny book. I got if from the library but had to buy one. I will buy it for lots of people too. It's simple (but not really), short and tremendously helpful. I am not really doing the book justice with this review. I love all kinds of spiritual books but had not really read anything Buddhist. This would be helpful to anyone from any faith.