One Buddha is Not Enough: A Story of Collective Awakening

One Buddha is Not Enough: A Story of Collective Awakening


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How do we learn to believe in ourselves and not just rely on our spiritual teachers? This question often directly posed to Thich Nhat Hanh as "Who will be your successor?" was answered in August of 2009 when over a thousand people came to Colorado to spend a week with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh only to find he was in the hospital and wouldn’t be able to lead the retreat. The result of this event is One Buddha Is Not Enough, a book on how to become your own teacher and create your own community where you might least expect it.

One Buddha Is Not Enough offers fresh and original insight from emerging Buddhist teachers on topics such as how to handle grief, strengthen our relationships, deal with anger and other strong emotions, and find happiness in the present moment. Through letters, stories, poems, calligraphies, and photographs, Thich Nhat Hanh shares his unique insights on illness, health, and different healing modalities.

Far-reaching in its implication and tremendously encouraging, One Buddha Is Not Enough is a true expression of American Buddhism: We all already contain all the insight and wisdom we need. We are surrounded by the people who can help us on our journey. Sometimes all it takes is a wake up call to remind us of what we are capable of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935209638
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.14(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.54(d)

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 gardens, writes, and teaches the art of mindful living.

Table of Contents

The Miracle of Sangha xi

Love Letter One, August 21, 2009 1

1 This Is It Brother Phap Hai, Sister Tue Nghiem 5

2 A Cloud Never Dies Sister Gioi Nghiem 27

3 No Mud, No Lotus Brother Phap Nguyen (Dharma Source) 41

4 Breathe, It'll Be Okay Brother Phap Dung 57

5 A Story of Collective Awakening Brother Phap Thanh 79

6 We Inter-Are Sister Dang Nghiem 95

7 The Miracle Is to Walk on Earth Sister Chau Nghiem 113

8 Go as a River Brother Phap Niem 131

9 I Know You Are There and I Am Very Happy Sister Thoai Nghiem Brother Phap Ho Sister Huong Nghiem Brother Phap Dung Brother Phap Tri Sister Chau Nghiem Rowan Conrad Cheri Maples 155

10 You Continue In Us: A Hospital Diary Brother Phap Nguyen (Dharma Aspiration) 181

Love Letter Two, August 24, 2009 195

11 We Have Arrived, We Are Home Thich Nhat Hanh 207

Acknowledgments 215

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