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Thich Nhat Hanh (1926–2022)

Author of The Miracle of Mindfulness

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About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam on October 11, 1926. He entered Tu Hieu Temple as a novice monk at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, he was part of a movement called "engaged Buddhism", which combines traditional practices with nonviolent civil disobedience. For this, he was show more exiled by both the Communist and non-Communist governments and was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 for his efforts to reconcile North and South Vietnam. He is a teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. He has written over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children's stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. His books include The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: An Introduction to Buddhism, Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, The Art of Power, True Love and Anger, Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, and Living Buddha, Living Christ. He founded a retreat in France called Plum Village. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975) 2,702 copies
Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995) 2,104 copies
Being Peace (1985) 1,233 copies
The Art of Power (2007) 488 copies
The Blooming of a Lotus (1993) 412 copies
How to Love (2014) 380 copies
The Art of Communicating (2013) 353 copies
Teachings on Love (1996) 350 copies
The Sun My Heart (1988) 303 copies
How to Sit (2014) — Author — 256 copies
For a Future to Be Possible (1993) 246 copies
Our Appointment with Life (1990) 207 copies
Call me by my true names (1993) 188 copies
Be free where you are (2002) 179 copies
A Pebble for Your Pocket (2001) 154 copies
The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh (2012) 120 copies
Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh (2000) 83 copies
Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book (2000) — Compiler — 76 copies
Love Letter to the Earth (2012) 76 copies
The Moon Bamboo (1989) 47 copies
Under the Rose Apple Tree (2001) 37 copies
The Hermit and the Well (2001) 36 copies
The Coconut Monk (2005) 28 copies
How to Focus (2022) 23 copies
Pine Gate (1988) 22 copies
Plum Village Meditations (1997) 18 copies
The Miracle of Being Awake (1975) 17 copies
Mindful Living (1998) 16 copies
All in one one in all (2001) 15 copies
Looking Deeply (1987) 14 copies
The Cry of Vietnam (1971) 10 copies
Walking the Noble Path (2013) 10 copies
Zen Poems (1976) 8 copies
Where Is the Buddha? (2021) 6 copies
Truly Seeing (2003) 6 copies
Path of Emancipation (2010) 6 copies
The Viet Nam; [poems. (1972) 5 copies
Fünf Wege zum Glück (2005) 4 copies
Zeiten der Achtsamkeit (2007) 4 copies
The Bells of Mindfulness (2013) 3 copies
Worte der Achtsamkeit (1999) 2 copies
Chanting Breath by Breath (2015) 2 copies
Vind rust in ademen (2021) 1 copy
Going Home 1 copy
Macht (2008) 1 copy
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Being Peace 1 copy
Im Hier und Jetzt zuhause sein (2010) — Author — 1 copy
Olum Yok Korku Yok (2013) 1 copy
Öfke (2020) 1 copy
Öfke Günlüğü (2021) 1 copy
L'art de la paix (2017) 1 copy
Das Wunder im Jetzt (2017) 1 copy
A Raiva 1 copy
Un ascolto profondo (2005) 1 copy
Sol, El - Mi Corazon (1993) 1 copy
The Way Out Is In (2020) 1 copy
Nous sommes la Terre (2022) 1 copy
Cérémonies du Coeur (2010) 1 copy
Zitten 1 copy
Paroles de sagesse (2006) 1 copy
Giận 1 copy
Being Love 1 copy

Associated Works

Contemplative Prayer (1969) — Introduction, some editions — 1,401 copies
The Dhammapada (1988) — Foreword — 457 copies
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth (2013) — Contributor — 129 copies
No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen (2003) — Introduction — 81 copies
Not Quite Nirvana: A Skeptic's Journey to Mindfulness (2012) — Introduction — 46 copies
Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness (1997) — Foreword, some editions — 28 copies
unmuzzled ox 13 — Contributor — 7 copies


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Thich Nhat Hanh dies aged 95 in Let's Talk Religion (January 2022)


phoenixlibrary2023 | 10 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
Finally! Made it through this book. My first deep look at Buddhism. Maybe that's why it was difficult. It's proof that theology in any religion can be a challenge when explained only in terms of the theologian.
dlinnen | 8 other reviews | Feb 3, 2024 |
"This moment passes. That person walks away. Happiness is still possible."

For me, this is just one of the more challenging thoughts in a book that is largely encouraging, insightful, and loving in its own right. It's a short book, and the sections or chapters are mostly less than a page, each offering an idea or anecdote to convey a set of principles and aspirations about love - or at least try to suggest what 'true love' is.

And that's really my one significant point of disagreement or discomfort - the suggestion that there is such a state as 'true love'. This is a notion that oversimplifies the complexity and diversity of loving relations, and holds one such way of relating up as an idealised embodiment of a concept that has any number of definitions, experiences and ideas attached to it. Pursuing one ideal of love is reasonable I suppose as part of an aspirational spiritual or psychological agenda, as is 'over'-simplifying a vastly rich territory of human experience in order to encourage us in that agenda. And while I subscribe to much of this particular spiritual and psychological agenda, I do still struggle and squirm with the normative implications of 'true' and with the loss of the messy human richness and history of the word 'love'.

It's a lovely book overall, and while at moments it verged slightly on the saccharine, it also has some provocative 'bite' in places, and some helpful practical ideas on improving loving relationships.
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breathslow | 4 other reviews | Jan 27, 2024 |
This is a beautiful, short collection of poems reflecting the anguish and understanding of a young Vietnamese monk in the midst of his country at war.
thesmellofbooks | Dec 29, 2023 |



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