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“The struggle for self-compassion can be difficult for even the most enlightened among us. . . . As Haemin Sunim explains throughout his book, self-compassion does not mean being selfish. It’s only when we take care of ourselves, he explains, that we can care for others.” —The New York Times

“A real treasure. It teaches us that compassion is at the heart of healing . . . starting with ourselves. I highly recommend this book.” —Christiane Northrup, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“A treasure! I don’t have to be perfect? What incredible news. This book hit me like a ton of bricks and made many anxieties melt away.” —Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation

“You can be the most amazing human being in the world and everyone sees rays of light, love, and genius when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that external admiration doesn’t matter one bit. Haemin Sunim teaches you ways to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you. It makes a world of difference.” —Marc and Angel Chernoff, New York Times bestselling authors of Getting Back to Happy

“Haemin Sunim is the real deal. The simplicity and beauty of his teachings go straight to the heart. Keep this book close by—it will awaken wisdom and deepen your love of life.” —Tara Brach, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“A wonderful book to accompany The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. Zen teacher Haemin Sunim describes with great clarity the suffocating effect of perfectionism—how damaging it is to think your worth as a person is solely dependent on how you perform. Then, page by page, he shows you how to reclaim your freedom and your life.” —Mark Williams, co-author of Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World

“Heartwarming, calming and . . . filled with wisdom and powerful truths.” —Héctor García, co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

“The Buddha, somewhat rebelliously, declared that, instead of a god or guru, the starting point of our path to awakening is our very own imperfections. I’m so happy to see Haemin Sunim giving fresh voice to practices that help us befriend ourselves, so that we can become our own best caregivers.” —Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Emotional Rescue and Rebel Buddha

“Beyond all barriers of culture and religions, Love for Imperfect Things speaks to every human heart, because Haemin Sunim speaks from the innermost heart—the heart of compassion.” —Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB, author of Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer

“An invaluable gift for all of us . . . Haemin Sunim has hit it out of the park again by offering sound pragmatic advice in an insightful, accessible manner. . . . This book needs to be at every bedside so that we can all go to sleep with a smile.” —Allan Lokos, founder and guiding teacher, Community Meditation Center, NYC; author of Through the Flames, Patience, and Pocket Peace

“Beautifully wise insights into how we’re all perfectly imperfect. A masterclass in letting go. As soothing to my whirring ‘must do better!’ mind as slipping into a hot bath when I’m cold.” —Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

“Haemin Sunim writes beautifully and simply so these vital life lessons resonate easily and deeply.” —Miranda Hart, author of Is It Just Me?

“Relatable and valuable . . . Zen Buddhist teacher Sunim looks tantalizingly at essential yet everyday aspects of the human experience in this lively book of reflections. . . . In addition to stories from Sunim’s own life, the book contains thought-provoking aphorisms. . . . A breezy book with generally helpful reminders, wise advice, and pithy sayings to soothe the challenges of hectic life.” —Publishers Weekly

“Wisdom to apply to everyday life . . . Quick, easy lessons for developing and increasing our practice of empathy toward ourselves and others.” —Library Journal

“Sunim . . . writes with an inviting and gentle voice that is akin to a warm embrace. . . . Although many self-help books preach triumphal purpose-seeking, Sunim astonishes by saying, ‘I don’t think life has something grand in store for me.’ . . .  The book is worth repeated readings on a commuter train, at bedtime, or as part of a morning routine.” —Booklist

“A treasure . . . A beautiful guide to being kinder, more polite and along the way even unlocking higher thoughts . . . This is one [book] that you want to linger over, hold onto, keep on the nightstand. It can, and should, be opened regularly.” —NJ Advance Media

“[A] gentle, kindhearted guide to inner peace.” —BookPage

“In these snark-saturated times, it’s cheering that a voice as quietly friendly as Haemin’s can make you a mega-celebrity. . . . Haemin is especially eloquent on life’s smaller dissatisfactions, and how they can sometimes be trickier to deal with than the bigger, more dramatic ones.” —The Guardian

“Brimming with brilliant spiritual advice, maxims, and wisdom. Laden with life lessons about how to embrace the imperfect—because our flaws are what make us unique—this book is ideal for those who are too tough on themselves.” —Bustle

“Bite-size Buddhism—mindfulness for the modern age.” —The Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world. Born in South Korea, he came to the United States to study film, only to find himself pulled into the spiritual life. Educated at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter (@haeminsunim) and Facebook and is one of Spirituality & Health's Top 10 Spiritual Leaders of the Next 20 Years and one of Greatist's 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness. His books--The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, which has been published in more than thirty languages, and Love for Imperfect Things--have sold more than four million copies and are popular as guides not only to meditation but also to overcoming the challenges of everyday life. When not traveling to share his teachings, Haemin Sunim lives in Seoul, where he founded the School of Broken Hearts, a nonprofit that offers group counseling and meditation for people experiencing challenges in life.

Deborah Smith (translator) is the translator of Han Kang's The Vegetarian, which won the Man Booker International Prize in 2016.

Lisk Feng (illustrations) is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Monocle, and Travel + Leisure. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07D922PXX
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; 1st edition (24 January 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 76201 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 274 pages
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Reviewed in India on 8 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a Treasure to be cherished for a lifetime
By Richa on 8 August 2019
Oh My God,such an incredible book. What a treasure of wisdom. Each chapter begins with personal notes and incidents of Author's life followed by lots of words of wisdom. All necessary topics from Love to Relationships, Career to Stress are covered. The illustrations are so visually impacting that I was forced to buy both Kindle and Hardcover editions. This book has a very positive influence on my life...I feel more happy,peaceful and contented. Infact, I have applied so many practical things from the book on my life and relationships.
Please dear readers,do buy this book and enjoy each chapter slowly and subtly.
Thanks to Haemin Sunim and the translator of the book for giving me the opportunity to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars happy reading - read it at your own pace!!
By priyanka on 3 October 2020
What intrigued me to look into the book was its title.

Honestly no one can teach you - how to love or accept yourself, nor does this book, what it does is - it gives us a constant reminder that no matter in which situation you are in you will always be imperfect so don’t be too hard on yourself nor give in to the situation.

The book talks about Self-Care; Family; Empathy; Relationships; Courage; Healing; Enlightenment and Acceptance. All of us juggle in these at some point of time in our lives. One or many at a time.

The book is a collection of anecdotes and quotes, i personally liked the anecdotes because they give an engaging view of the life of a buddhist monk, who isn’t perfect either. It is a quick read, simple and straight to the point.

You can flip a page and start reading, it can change your mood, keep you calm and can also bring smile on your face. It is a book that you can read of couple of times and come back to it for any references.

My thoughts about the book:

It is a self-help book with dash of spirituality.
Nothing out of the blue that you would discover, it is uncomplicated, yet profound.
3. I personally noted down couple of verses and kept them at my bed side table for references.
4. I absolutely loved the illustrations by Lisk Feng.

Read it at your own pace , you will enjoy it then. There are many lovely quotes that are remarkable but one of my favourite is “ Love needs no reason other than Love itself”

A must have book in your collection - do enjoy the little joys of life and embrace the imperfection in you. - Happy reading!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Art
By Sana on 12 June 2021
Love for imperfect things is a piece of art. This book makes me smile. This book makes me feel like beauty of life lies in small things. This calms me down during this situation when the world's anxiety is at an all time high. Not a self help book, not a fiction book but a book everyone should read at least once in their lives.
This is one of the best books on quotations and anecdotes that I have ever read. It talks about Self-Care, family, Empathy, Relationships, Acceptance, Healing, Courage and Enlightenment. Every illustration of this book is so heartwarming and serene, so beautifully created into a masterpiece of love and elegance.
Thank you Haemin Sunim for reminding me to appreciate the small things in life and why it's so important to embrace your flaws.

Gorgeous, insightful, wonderful and a work of art. I highly, highly recommend this one. You will never regret reading it.
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Reviewed in India on 29 August 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
By Ushnita sarkar on 29 August 2020
I read another book of Haemin Sunim before. His writting is so easy to understand. The illustration of life is described so perfectly. But both of the books are closely similar.The book really help you to understand the purpose of life & makes some good change in habits.
Happy reading ☺️
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, gentle, and wise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought which makes you feel more positive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars The illustrations and short paragraphs make it so easy and interesting to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful compassionate read
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