Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions

Taming the Tiger Within: Meditations on Transforming Difficult Emotions

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by Thich Nhat Hanh
     
 

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Taming the Tiger Within is a handbook of meditations, analogies, and reflections that offer pragmatic techniques for diffusing anger, converting fear, and cultivating love in every arena of life-a wise and exquisite guide for bringing harmony and healing to one's life and relationships.

Acclaimed scholar, peace activist, and Buddhist master revered by people

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Taming the Tiger Within is a handbook of meditations, analogies, and reflections that offer pragmatic techniques for diffusing anger, converting fear, and cultivating love in every arena of life-a wise and exquisite guide for bringing harmony and healing to one's life and relationships.

Acclaimed scholar, peace activist, and Buddhist master revered by people of all faiths, Thich Nhat Hanh has inspired millions worldwide with his insight into the human heart and mind. Now he focuses his profound spiritual wisdom on the basic human emotions everyone struggles with on a daily basis.

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We all seek peace, but our quest for it is often thwarted by our own strong, untamed emotions. Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has spent all of his adult life pursuing these inner tigers. In books such as Living Buddha, Living Christ, and Anger, he has addressed spiritual problems that attack us and strike down our best intention. In Taming the Tiger Within, he distills the wisdom of his many books into short discourses and meditations on transforming anger, fear, jealousy, and other corrosive emotions.
From the Publisher
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout."—Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth."—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101217313
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2004
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
643,749
File size:
153 KB

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From the Publisher
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout."—Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth."—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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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