Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

Pema Chodron

March Book Club Selection

Life is uncertain. Everything is always changing. We embrace impermanence as one of the truths of Buddhism. But still, we search for stability, solid ground, and safety. We are looking for security but we’re a part of a dynamic not static world.

So how do we “live beautifully with uncertainty and change”?

Pema Chodron, an American Tibetan Buddhist, author and teacher writes, “There are three commitments you can make relating to impermanence and the ever-shifting nature of our lives.” She offers a way of practice to help wake up with awareness to care and be more loving to all sentient beings.

How do we live open heartedly in the midst of uncertainty, groundlessness? How is it possible to increase our comfort with change? How do we embrace uncertainty in a way that can transform our feelings and strong emotions?

Our book for March, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, takes an honest and open-hearted look at the three commitments: To cause no harm, To take care of one another, and to embrace the world just as it is. Pema asks, “Are you ready to make a commitment?”  Are you willing to explore them for a day, month or make them your aspiration for life?

She says to start wherever you are and actively voice your commitment to a friend, mentor or teacher.  If you break your commitment, you simply begin again. Are you ready to fall in love with uncertainty?  The three commitments are helpful tools that can support us stepping into the groundless nature of life.

Come join us to share and listen to the ways we can continue to live beautifully in flux. Join sangha members and friends as we meet to talk about how this book reveals something new, how it informs you, or leads you to reflect with insight.
We will meet on March 26 at 11:30 downstairs in the library.