Compassion cards - learning how to awaken the heart in everyday life Pema Chodron 59 fifty-nine cards The sayings on these cards were the main focus of my private practice and the study I taught. These Tibetan Buddhist sayings (called "Lojong" or "Teaching of Awakening the Mind") provide powerful and concise reminders of how to awaken our hearts in everyday life and in all circumstances. They are taken from an ancient Tibetan text called "The Seven Point Root of Consciousness Training" by Chekava Yeshe Dorji. When I first read these sayings, I was struck by their extraordinary message: we can use whatever we encounter in our lives—pleasant or painful—to inspire sincere compassion. These guidelines are designed to help ordinary people like us fully stand in our place and never give up on ourselves. They invite us to let go of our sense of differentiation from others and connect to the openness and softness in our hearts. Pema Chodron, a Buddhist nun and spiritual teacher of Western origin, has written several books on Tibetan Buddhism, including the bestsellers "When Things Fall Apart" and "The Places That Scare You." Pema Chodron is the head teacher at the Tibetan monastery Gampo Abbey, which is in Nova Scotia, Canada. So far nine of her books have been published in Hebrew.