Be Still and Know: Reflections from Living Buddha, Living Christ

Be Still and Know: Reflections from Living Buddha, Living Christ

by Thich Nhat Hanh
     
 

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In his acclaimed national bestseller, Living Buddha, Living Christ, renowned thinker and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh explored the deep connections between Christianity and Buddhism. Be Still and Know uses selections from his groundbreaking work to create a handbook of meditations and reflections that reawaken our understanding of both religions--and enrich…  See more details below

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In his acclaimed national bestseller, Living Buddha, Living Christ, renowned thinker and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh explored the deep connections between Christianity and Buddhism. Be Still and Know uses selections from his groundbreaking work to create a handbook of meditations and reflections that reawaken our understanding of both religions--and enrich our daily lives through personal contemplation. It is an inspiration to all who embrace its universal message of peace--a profound and moving work that illuminates the world's greatest traditions of spiritual thought, written by a man who is considered by many to be a "living Buddha."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440619083
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
573,724
File size:
121 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh has been living
in exile from his native Vietnam since the age of forty. In that year of 1966, he was
banned by both the non-Communist and Communist governments for his role in
undermining the violence he saw affecting his people. A Buddhist monk since the age of
sixteen, Thay ("teacher," as he is commonly known to followers) earned a reputation as a
respected writer, scholar, and leader. He championed a movement known as "engaged
Buddhism," which intertwined traditional meditative practices with active nonviolent
civil disobedience. This movement lay behind the establishment of the most influential
center of Buddhist studies in Saigon, the An Quang Pagoda. He also set up relief
organizations to rebuild destroyed villages, instituted the School of Youth for Social
Service (a Peace Corps of sorts for Buddhist peace workers), founded a peace magazine,
and urged world leaders to use nonviolence as a tool. Although his struggle for
cooperation meant he had to relinquish a homeland, it won him accolades around the
world.



When Thich Nhat Hanh left Vietnam, he embarked on a mission to spread Buddhist
thought around the globe. In 1966, when Thay came to the United States for the first of
many humanitarian visits, the territory was not completely new to him: he had
experienced American culture before as a student at Princeton, and more recently as a
professor at Columbia. The Fellowship of Reconciliation and Cornell invited Thay to
speak on behalf of Buddhist monks, and he offered an enlightened view on ways to end
the Vietnam conflict. He spoke on college campuses, met with administration officials,
and impressed social dignitaries. The following year, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the same honor. Hanh's
Buddhist delegation to the Paris peace talks resulted in accords between North Vietnam
and the United States, but his pacifist efforts did not end with the war. He also helped
organize rescue missions well into the 1970's for Vietnamese trying to escape from
political oppression. Even after the political stabilization of Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh
has not been allowed to return home. The government still sees him as a threat-ironic,
when one considers the subjects of his teachings: respect for life, generosity, responsible
sexual behavior, loving communication, and cultivation of a healthful life style.



Thay now lives in southwestern France, where he founded a retreat center twelve
years ago. At the center, Plum Village, he continues to teach, write, and garden. Plum
Village houses only thirty monks, nuns, and laypeople, but thousands from around the
globe call it home. Accommodation is readily available for short-term visitors seeking
spiritual relief, for refugees in transit, or for activists in need of inspiration. Thich Nhat
Hanh gathers people of diverse nationalities, races, religions, and sexes in order to expose
them to mindfulness-taking care in the present moment, being profoundly aware and
appreciative of life.



Despite the fact that Thay is nearing seventy, his strength as a world leader and
spiritual guide grows. He has written more than seventy-five books of prose, poetry, and
prayers. Most of his works have been geared toward the Buddhist reader, yet his
teachings appeal to a wide audience. For at least a decade, Thich Nhat Hanh has visited
the United States every other year; he draws more and more people with each tour,
Christian, Jewish, atheist, and Zen Buddhist alike. His philosophy is not limited to
preexistent religious structures, but speaks to the individual's desire for wholeness and
inner calm. In 1993, he drew a crowd of some 1,200 people at the National Cathedral in
Washington DC, led a retreat of 500 people in upstate New York, and assembled 300
people in West Virginia. His popularity in the United States inspired the mayor of
Berkeley, California, to name a day in his honor and the Mayor of New York City
declared a Day of Reconciliation during his 1993 visit. Clearly, Thich Nhat Hanh is a
human link with a prophetic past, a soft-spoken advocate of peace, Buddhist community,
and the average American citizen.

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