Pesso, a Rockport, Massachusetts, resident with a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, has written a practical how-to manual under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche, a renowned practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism who, unfortunately, died before the book was published. I think he would be proud of Pesso’s accomplishment. Pesso has given us a highly individualized approach to changing our “habits of mind”. She’s very clear about intent, practical about the difficulties of becoming proficient at technique; she offers informed examples and insights, and, keeping in mind the manual’s purpose, gives just enough explanation of concepts. Hers is not in any way an academic approach. Pesso is mindful of what’s needed to build confidence, to keep at something, and boosts the user all along the way.
New Review of First Invite Love In
March 31, 2010 by gobeyondwords
Tana Pesso’s First Invite Love In
From Writing Without Paper
Those of you who believe in and signed the Charter for Compassion, as I did, may wonder and perhaps even struggle with how to live out the words of that document. Tana Pesso’s First Invite Love In: 40 Time-Tested Tools for Creating a More Compassionate Life (Wisdom Publications, 2010) may be the answer, perhaps the first book to demonstrate step by step how it is possible “to be more kind, to cause less harm, and to create less suffering,” to set “ripples of goodness in motion that can transform your mind into a sea of tranquility and happiness.”