Overview

An ideal starting-point for those interested in Buddhism, Being Peace contains Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings on peace and meditation. Using real examples from his own life, as well as poems and fables, Nhat Hanh explains his key practices for living "right in the moment we are alive." These lessons are taught with fine writing and sparkling phrases that draw the reader in and make Being Peace a book that encourages multiple readings, both alone and in groups.
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Overview

An ideal starting-point for those interested in Buddhism, Being Peace contains Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings on peace and meditation. Using real examples from his own life, as well as poems and fables, Nhat Hanh explains his key practices for living "right in the moment we are alive." These lessons are taught with fine writing and sparkling phrases that draw the reader in and make Being Peace a book that encourages multiple readings, both alone and in groups.
This new edition of Nhat Hanh's seminal bestseller marks the book's first update since it was released in 1987. It includes a new introduction by noted Buddhist Jack Kornfield and beautiful illustrations by internationally recognized artist Mayumi Oda. Still as timely as when it was first published over 15 years ago, Being Peace is a revelation for anyone concerned with the state of the world and the quality of life.

Hanh's Being Peace integrates spiritual practice with social action. "If we are peaceful . . . our entire society will benefit from our peace."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This collection of teachings by noted Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh will be eagerly read by those concerned about world peace. Rev. Thich claims that world peace starts with the individual's acquiring inner peace. He challenges the reader in warm and anecdotal dialogues:``Have we wasted our hours and days? Are we wasting our lives? . . . Practicing Buddhism is to be alive to each moment.'' Meditation, says the author, is not an escape from the difficult present but an active form of service to society, directing us to understanding and compassion toward all suffering humanity. The author terms this ``engaged Buddhism.'' Free of jargon and eminently practical, this wise and joyous book celebrates the spirituality inherent in daily life. For academic and public libraries. Alphonse Vinh, Yale Univ. Lib.
From the Publisher

"This book is a treasure. If you look deeply you will see in it the seeds of all Thich Nhat Hanh's most important teachings, and the seeds of your awakenings as well."
—Jack Kornfield

"...a jewel of love and wisdom."
Small Press

REVIEWS OF ORIGINAL EDITION:
“Free of jargon and eminently practical, this wise and joyous book celebrates the spirituality inherent in daily life.”
Library Journal

“ …a glass of water in the desert for those interested in both Buddhism and the world.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Being Peace is distilled wisdom, the language simple and clear. This book is for everyone.”
Fellowship magazine

“[Thich Nhat Hanh] has pared down the voluminous teachings of Buddhism to their innermost core.”
—Stephen Batchelor, in Resurgence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935209171
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 154,278
  • File size: 705 KB

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. He has been a professor at Columbia University in New York and the Sorbonne in Paris, and was founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English, including the best-selling Living Buddha, Living Christ; Teachings on Love; Present Moment Wonderful Moment; Creating True Peace; and Anger. He lives at Plum Village, a meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on the art of mindful living.

Jack Kornfield (Contributor)
Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center and has written several books. He lives in northern California with his wife and daughter.

Mayumi Oda (Illustrator)
Born in Tokyo in 1941, Mayumi Oda is an internationally recognized artist. She has had many one-woman exhibits in Japan and the US and her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Library of Congress. Mayumi Oda now lives in Hawaii. She illustrated many books and is author of I Opened the Gate Laughing (ISBN 0811833860, Chronicle Books, 2002).

Arnold Kotler (Editor of First Edition)
Arnold Kotler was an ordained student at the San Francisco and Tassajara Zen Centers from 1969 to 1984. He was the founding editor of Parallax Press and now resides in Hawaii.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Suffering Is Not Enough 13
2 The Three Gems 21
3 Feelings and Perceptions 39
4 The Heart of Practice 51
5 Working for Peace 65
6 Interbeing 85
7 Meditation in Daily Life 109
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    Like cool water to the soul

    This is the first book I've read of his, and am still basking in the soothing effect of his gentle tutorial.

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    Posted September 27, 2001

    A 'must-read'!!!

    I've been struggling to find an easy reading on Buddhism. Most titles are too technical and I end up getting bored. 'Being peace' is written in a very simple, easy to understand language. I felt as if the author and I were having a conversation. The concepts on the Western philosophy in question are now very clear to me and I am excited to start practicing it.

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