You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

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by Thich Nhat Hanh
     
 

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In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without

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In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”

Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, this book offers a range of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness, including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting real love and compassion in our relationships with others.

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From the Publisher
“Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on earth.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is a peace activist, a spiritual teacher, and a prolific bestselling author. Of his many books, You Are Here is unique in that it deals not with specific emotional problems but focuses instead on Buddhist practices and precepts that help us transcend the hectic crises of everyday living. As always, Hanh's gentle message is presented in evocative, even poetic images and personal anecdotes.
Library Journal
Acclaimed Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh continues his exploration of what he has called engaged Buddhism, now considering the experience of everyday living. The author has been an active advocate for peace since the Vietnam War and is perhaps best known to readers for his book Peace Is Every Step. Now, he tells us that living is a joy and emphasizes how the awareness that Buddhist meditation and practice can promote contributes to that sensation of joy in living. VERDICT Recommended as a thought-provoking contribution to the literature of modern Buddhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590308387
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
60,124
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.52(d)

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The heart of Buddhist practice is to generate our own presence in such a way that we can touch deeply the life that is here and available in every moment. We have to be here for ourselves, we have to be here for the people we love, we have to be here for life with all its wonders. The message of our Buddhist practice is simple and clear: “I am here for you.”
In our daily life, we are often lost in thoughts. We get lost in regrets about the past and fears about the future. We get lost in our plans, our anger, and our anxiety. At such moments, we cannot really be here for ourselves. We are not really here for life.
Practice makes it possible for us to be free—to rid ourselves of these obstacles and establish ourselves firmly in the present moment. Practice gives us methods we can use to help us be here in the present moment. Practice makes it possible for us to say “I am here for you.”
The Buddha said, “The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet.” There is only a single moment in which we can truly be alive, and that is the present moment. Being present in the here and now is our practice.

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 has founded monastic communities in France, Vermont, and California and teaches actively around the world.

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You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comparing with other books about spirituality what were written recently this one isn't so good as discription. Sometimes I find author's opinion very strange even for non-beginners. There are a lot of intresting and self-sufficient moments but it doesn't relate to the whole book. Unfortunatelly. For example, <a> by Anatoliy Obraztsov fully consists of intresting and self-sufficient moments.</a>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously the best book on trying to live in the present moment ever.
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