For people like us, with mood disorders, managing our moods is paramount. Not being dragged to the ends of the earth by our moods is paramount. Zen Buddhism is a good tool for us, a powerful tool for us, to manage our unruly emotions. What Pema Chodron is teaching is a powerful tool for us. Our medications are the most powerful, but meditation, relaxation, the tenets of Buddhism, the not allowing yourself to be hooked, these in conjunction with our meds can help us live less emotional, more sane lives.