The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice

The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice

by Thich Nhat Hanh, Larry Dossey
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The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice by Thich Nhat Hanh

In The Energy of Prayer Thich Nhat Hanh looks at the applications and effectiveness of prayer in Buddhist and other spiritual traditions and closely examines the question of why we pray. The Energy of Prayer introduces the reader to several meditation methods that re-envision prayer as an open, inclusive, and accessible practice that helps create healthy lives through the power of awareness and intention.

Life’s fast pace leaves little room for reflection and attention to the present moment. To seek relief from stress and pain, we often turn to consuming in order to forget our suffering, but we soon find that material wealth is not enough to bring true happiness, and always leaves us searching for something more. The Energy of Prayer shows how prayer and meditation can offer a beneficial way to reconnect with ourselves while satisfying the basic human need to make a connection with something larger than our everyday self. Whether used as a daily practice, during times of crisis, or to express gratitude prayer serves many functions, and does not need to be tied to a particular religious or spiritual affiliation to be effective.

Prayer has played an increasing role in the practice that Thich Nhat Hanh offers to his students. Rather than viewing it as dogmatic obligation, Buddhism views prayer as a form of energy, a way of communicating with one's higher self, one's ancestors, or one's God. Prayer is redefined not as being about asking some external force for what we need but about creating an internal environment in which it is easier to manifest positive outcomes in our lives. 

The Energy of Prayer includes visualization and breathing exercises and concludes with a rich sampling of a broad range of prayers, chants and invocations from the Buddhist tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935209126
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 03/10/2006
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 498,757
File size: 466 KB

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living. Introduction by Larry Dossey, M.D.

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Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LindsyNJ More than 1 year ago
This book introduced me into my spiritual journey of Buddhism. It is powerful and expresses how religion is quite similar, but the way you practice is what makes you who you are. It provides various ways of praying and visualization gathas, meditation exercises and teaches you the importance of the energy of prayer. Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh and all who assisted with the development of this book. It is a wonderful read.
jjneel2605 More than 1 year ago
I loved this little book. It is a quick read and it is very enjoyable and helps get to the heart of the energy of prayer. It touches the heart of prayers in Buddhism and Christianity. Hanh has done another excellent job. Well worth the price and the time. Read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Took about an hour and a half to readThich Nhat Hanh reminds us that for prayer to be most benefitial it must come with mindfulness and compassion (love). Not only shows us how to make prayer most beneficial but how to make life a prayer.
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