True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart [NOOK Book]

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Love might not be what we think it is. We all seek the happiness that comes from loving and being loved, yet we often find ourselves dissatisfied in our relationships and unable to grasp the cause. Thich Nhat Hanh here shows the way to overcome our recurrent obstacles to love—by learning to be mindful, open, and present with ourselves and others. As he explains, “training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you ...

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Overview

Love might not be what we think it is. We all seek the happiness that comes from loving and being loved, yet we often find ourselves dissatisfied in our relationships and unable to grasp the cause. Thich Nhat Hanh here shows the way to overcome our recurrent obstacles to love—by learning to be mindful, open, and present with ourselves and others. As he explains, “training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love.”

This quintessential guide to loving also introduces the four key aspects of love described in the Buddhist tradition—loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom—and describes many simple and direct ways in which we can practice authentic love in our everyday lives.

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Editorial Reviews

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With the elegant simplicity that characterizes his style, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh here explores the four key aspects of love: lovingkindness, compassion, joy, and freedom. Not merely descriptive, True Love explains how mantra practice and the technique of conscious breath can actually enhance our capacity for love. In the book's concluding section, he tells how love can help us heal our pain, fear, and habitual negativity. A gorgeous keepsake; a gift of love.
Publishers Weekly

Zen monk Nanh offers his insights into love as private emotion and public force in his thought-provoking guide to Buddhism's four key aspects of love. Narrator James Gimian, a Buddhist himself, relates Hanh's ideas with admirable clarity. However, listeners may find themselves struggling to get through the entire recording as Gimian's delivery is fairly monotonous. For those able to focus on the message rather than the medium, there is much to be gained by repeated listening. A Shambhala hardcover. (Mar.)

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This umpteenth volume from the highly regarded Vietnamese Zen monk really has nothing new, but that is precisely the author's point: just do a few simple things, and keep doing them. True love-the real thing-is actually hard to practice, and so Nhat Hanh begins with a short Buddhist explanation on the components of love-loving kindness, compassion, joy and freedom-and then offers a series of practices, including mantras, deep listening and a variety of meditations. Throughout, he skillfully weaves in Buddhist teachings about consciousness and nonduality whose complexity belies the simplicity of the author's words. Nhat Hanh is always good, and poetic, at seeing the deep in the ordinary: how the ring of a telephone can be a call to awareness, how the waste material of human fear and pain can be composted-transformed-into flowers of understanding and hope. These teachings will all be familiar to the many students and admirers of the popular monk, but the compassionate call to awareness and to everyday practice does not grow old. The book's gift format makes it an especially good choice as a present to anyone who might need an accessible door to the author's vast body of work and teachings. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A simplicity and directness that brings true love within reach."—Dragonfly Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834821071
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 81,120
  • File size: 300 KB

Meet the Author

A Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is an internationally known author, poet, scholar, and peace activist, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Living Buddha, Living Christ; Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames; Peace Is Every Step; and The Miracle of Mindfulness. He is the leader of monastic communities in New York, California, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, and his teachings inspire several hundred local groups of lay practitioners across the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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We must learn to speak with love again. I remember a young American who came to us to practice. One day, he was asked to write a letter to his mother in order to practice loving speech, which was easy for him. On the other hand, it was impossible for him to write a letter to his father. His father had died, but he still suffered every time he thought of him. Just the idea of picking up a pen to write to his father already caused him a great deal of suffering.

I
proposed the following to him. For one week he practiced mindful breathing,
saying to himself, "I am breathing in—I see myself as a child of five." When one is a little boy of five, one is very delicate and vulnerable. As he was breathing in, he saw himself as the object of his own compassion. During the second week, he meditated on his father: "I am breathing in—I see my father as a little child of five; I am breathing out—I
smile at the little boy who was my father."

For a whole week, the young American did this very faithfully and very enthusiastically. He put a photo of his father on the table and every time he walked into the room and looked at it, he practiced mindful breathing. He had never imagined that his father could have been a child of five. Suddenly the young man acknowledged the presence of his father as a little boy. It was the first time that he realized that his father had suffered as a little boy, and suddenly he felt compassion. Finally one evening he found it possible to write a first letter to his father. That transformed him completely, and now he has peace in his heart.

—from
True
Love


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Table of Contents

1 The Four Aspects of Love 1
2 Love Is Being There 5
3 Recognizing the Presence of the Other 13
4 Being There When Someone Is Suffering 19
5 Overcoming Pride 23
6 Deep Listening 33
7 Learning to Speak with Love Again 39
8 Restoring Peace within Yourself 43
9 The Energy of Mindfulness 49
10 Caring for Our Pain 55
11 The Principle of Nonduality 65
12 Reconciliation 71
13 Coming to Life Again 81
14 Telephone Meditation 85
15 Everybody Should Practice Mindfulness 91
16 Getting Rid of Our Concepts 95
About the Author 103
Thich Nhat Hanh's Practice Centers 105
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  • Posted February 14, 2009

    True Love is about True Love

    A wonderfully motivating book. I happened to begin reading it shortly before Valentine's Day and it helped me change my thinking and attitude completely by the time the day arrived. The essence of the book is that to have love, we must first learn to give it. It is so simple, but not so easy when we let our egos get in our way. I plan to read it again before I put it on the shelf for future reference.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Training is needed to know how to truly love

    A brilliantly simple and easy book to read which skillfully brings
    a solution to how to be true to self and other in relationships.
    Thich Nhat Hanh teaches simply how to be present for yourself and how to offer time, full presence,mindfulness, freedom and joy to love. I find myself wishing I had found this as a child so I would could have gifted happiness and joy to others as well as to myself in my life. This is a must read for all those who are wanting truth, peace and a recipe for loving.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Clear and easy to comprehend

    I love this little book. It is a nice reminder of the things that make love true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Lovely

    Short, simple and absolutely lovely. A should read for every person out there, ever. This book helped me adjust and refine my view on love and how to treat someone i love. I have read it multiple times and have given it as a present more than 10x since I first read it years ago. It caused reflection and an adjustment in attitude and perspective. It made me kinder to my other as well as all those around me. I walked away from it a better person and re-read it to keep myself on track with how I want to treat others as well as reminding myself how I need to be treated. I love this book. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Beautiful, Lovely, Relevant Read

    It is a wonderful read. It helps you to understand, to see things in regards to love from a different perspective.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great!

    I loved this book. I was easy to read and the message was very clear. I highly recommend it to couples or singles that are planning to get involved...great information to keep in mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2012

    Easy to grasp the meditation materials.

    Clear and concise.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Highly Recommended for those wondering what love really is or how it should be. I really enjoy reading his books as they are filled with wisdom that trandsend all religious groups. They also help you learn how to recover from suffering and give you something to recommend to family/friends who are experiencing suffering. His writings have also helped me understand Christianity even better and other Christian books like Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    This is the second one I've purchased

    I am a big fan of Thich Nhat Hanh and I loved this book.
    It has been on my bedside for the past year, so I can open and read it anytime.

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