When her granddaughter was accepted to Naropa University, the celebrated author Pema Chödrön promised that she’d speak at the commencement ceremony. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better contains the wisdom shared on that day. “What do we do when life doesn’t go the way we hoped?” begins Pema “We say, ‘I’m a failure.” But what if failing wasn’t just “okay,” but the most direct way to becoming a more complete, loving, and fulfilled human being? Through the insights of her own teachers and life journey, Pema Chödrön offers us her heartfelt advice on how to face the unknown—in ourselves and in the world—and how our missteps can open our eyes to see new possibilities and purpose. For Pema’s millions of readers, prospective graduates, or anyone at a life crossroads, this gem of clarity and reassurance is sure to find a welcome place in many a kitchen, office, and backpack.
For Boulder, Colo. based Naropa University's 2014 commencement ceremony, Ch dr n (When Things Fall Apart) told new graduates that "knowing how to fail well" is an essential and neglected life skill. Ch dr n, an American Buddhist nun, popular author, and student of the late Ch gyam Trungpa, urges her audience to hold the "rawness of vulnerability in heart" rather than blaming self or others. This volume pairs a transcript of the very short speech, accompanied by abstract black and white drawings, with a more substantive interview with her publisher, in which Ch dr n talks candidly about her personal experiences with failure and explores self-hatred, human goodness, and fear. She provides insightful suggestions for how to move forward into life despite crushing failure, how to turn regret into empathy and compassion, and how to cope gracefully with a failing body. This small book, an appropriate gift for recent graduates or anyone facing a challenging transition, also contains sustenance for loyal Ch dr n fans, and introduces new readers to her gentle wisdom for living in a "world where there are a lot of things that aren't fixable."
This book may be tiny, but the wisdom it is filled with is life changing. Absolutely indispensable advice on recentering from mistakes and failure — and even redefining what failure and mistakes really are. It is so powerful and digestible, I highly recommend it for anyone who finds themselves dealing with the raw feelings of failure, and times where nothing is certain. This book is medicine that will help.
I, like so many love this author and eagerly await her books. This book again has her accessible style that I have come to love. However this 'book' could have been a small pamphlet. There is about a paragraph written every other page. I read it while drinking a mug of tea. There have been magazine articles by this author that have been longer. So, ..., yes I liked it, but not sure it was worthy of being a 'book'.