Purnama book corner: Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a world spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered all over the world for his powerful teachings and best-selling books on mindfulness and peace. Born in 1926 in Vietnam and ordained a monk at the age of 16, he quickly began to develop a type of engaged Buddhism that would meet the needs of society. He was a prominent leader and social activist in his homeland and called for peace, for which he was later banished from his native Vietnam for almost four decades. Thich Nhat Hanh set off to the West to pioneer Buddhism and mindfulness there, playing a key role in bringing mindfulness to the world. His teachings have influenced politicians, business leaders, activists, teachers, and countless students.

In 1966, he traveled to the United States to urge the government to withdraw from his homeland. It was during this trip that he met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who nominated him a year later for the Nobel Peace Prize, calling the monk “an apostle of peace and non-violence.”

Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 books, applying the Buddhist perspective to every aspect of social life, including education, business, technology, and the ecological crisis. He teaches that through mindfulness we can learn to live happily in the present moment, and he sees it as the only way to truly achieve peace, both in ourselves and in the world. He currently lives in Plum Village in the south of France, where he grows his own garden, writes and teaches about the art of living consciously.

Below we present to you his most appreciated books:

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

In this guide, Thich Nhat Hanh presents subtle anecdotes and hands-on exercises as a way to learn mindfulness skills – to be awake and fully aware. From washing dishes, to answering the phone, to peeling oranges, Thich Nhat Hanh explains to us the unique ability to perceive and pause in the present moment, which then result in tranquility and self-control leading to a more fulfilling life. It also reminds us that every moment is a great opportunity to work on a better understanding of yourself and inner peace.

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

This book contains not only commentaries and meditations, but also personal stories and anecdotes from the life of Thich Nhat Hanh. In it, he shows his experiences as a peace activist, teacher and community leader. Each step brings peace of mind where the reader is already: in the kitchen, office, car or on a walk, showing at the same time that deep meditation and presence are achievable now. Hanh gives exercises that increase awareness of our body and mind through deep breathing, which can lead us to immediate joy and peace. It also shows how to be aware in relation to other people and the world around us – both in the face of its beauty and pollution or existing injustice. The seemingly simple practices in this book encourage readers to work for world peace, while they continue to work to maintain inner peace and develop awareness.

Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher 

Bringing the energies of real presence into our lives really does change them for the better – and all it takes is a little training. This treasury of knowledge is 365 doses of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age. It offers help and support to anyone who wants to practice tasting every moment of life with 100% attention and awareness. Thich Nhat Hanh shows how mindfulness practice can transform every area of our life and how its benefits radiate beyond us, affecting other people and the world. This inspiring, joyful and deeply insightful book offers support to anyone who wants to introduce mindfulness practices into their lives.

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

In his poetic and clear language, Thich Nhat Hanh conveys comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love and joy – all the qualities of enlightenment. In the book “The Heart of the Buddha,” he introduces readers to the world of the main teachings of Buddhism, showing that Buddha’s lessons are not only accessible and attainable, but can also translate into our daily lives. The book illuminates Buddhist thought for both initiates and the uninitiated, embracing such fundamental teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening. Hanh teaches us to use the tools that the Buddha left behind to change our perception of suffering and help us find peace. “Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the relationship between personal inner peace and peace on earth.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment 

In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh communicates the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness in shaping our lives. “Mindfulness is not an escape or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present and completely alive. It is true freedom – and without that freedom there is no happiness.” You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment also includes helpful and wise teachings about cultivating true love, the art of letting go, surviving emotions, understanding the Dharma, and much more. Thich Nhat Hanh, as always, gives us plenty of practices to use in our daily lives.

Based on the lessons Thich Nhat Hanh has taught to Westerners, this book offers a range of simple, effective mindfulness cultivation practices, including breath and walking awareness, deep listening, and skillful speaking. You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting true love and compassion in our relationships with others.

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