A new book!

Awaken Every Day:
365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy

by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Shambhala Publications releases Ven. Thubten Chodron’s newest book, Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy, in June. It’s a pithy compendium of Buddhist wisdom, encouraging us to understand the true causes of our suffering and the paths to freedom. Here’s a preview.

blankCleaning Out Our Garbage

If we review our life—or even just the past year—with honesty, we’ll notice the times when the garbage in our minds has led us to make bad decisions.

Alarmed, we may scream, “Woe is me! This is too much to handle!” and then go to the bar, shopping mall, casino, refrigerator, or movies.

This attitude and the actions it inspires get us nowhere.

Our old habits of low self-esteem, self-criticism, and defeatism are some of the garbage to abandon. Instead of wallowing in such unrealistic thoughts, we must leave the rubbish behind.

Whenever you find garbage thoughts and feelings in your mind, use that to strengthen your refuge in the Three Jewels—the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha—and renew your determination to change. Remember, to clean a room, we must first see the dirt. Similarly, to clean your mind, you must first recognize the trash there.

So rejoice when you see it because now you can clean it up.


Learn more about “Awaken Every Day.” 

You can pre-order now for June 18, 2019 release.

Use coupon code Awaken30 at Shambhala.com for 30% off this title through July 31, 2019. (Code valid on shambhala.com until July 31, 2019. Enter code in shopping cart. Cannot be combined with other offers.)


Ven. Chodron introduces and reads from her new book.