Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection

Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection


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Based on four retreats that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh led specifically for people of color, this book is for people of all colors, backgrounds, and experiences who have ever felt excluded or alienated, or anyone concerned with issues of social justice. Although Together We Are One is based on teachings given to Buddhist practitioners of color, readers of all backgrounds and walks of life will find it an inspirational and practical guide.

In chapters focusing on honoring our ancestors, developing understanding and compassion, and seeing the world in terms of interbeing, Nhat Hanh shows how meditation and the practice of looking deeply can help create a sense of wholeness and connectedness with others. Chapters are interspersed with mindfulness practice exercises and the personal stories of skilled writers, such as Larry Ward (author of Love’s Garden), Sr. Chan Khong (author of Learning True Love), and Rev. Hilda Ryumon Gutierrez Baldoquin (editor of Dharma Color and Culture), about their discovery of a spiritual path, their experience of finding balance, overcoming obstacles in an unpredictable world, and maintaining and sharing insights. Together We Are One is a valuable addition to the unique expression of Buddhism in the West.

As in all his writings, Thich Nhat Hanh does not suggest we replace traditional beliefs and customs with Buddhism, but rather emphasizes that a mindful approach to daily life and interactions can help overcome misperception and separation so that we might honor and transcend our differences. Nhat Hanh’s primary focus highlights the basic how-to’s of Buddhist practice, such as mindful walking and eating, the practice of Looking Deeply, and a never before published multicultural version of the Touching the Earth Ceremony, making them accessible possibilities for a better everyday life. A companion movie to the book, featuring Thich Nhat Hanh's retreat, can be found at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935209430
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,205,608
Product dimensions: 9.04(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.65(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 teaches the art of mindful living.

Sister Chân Không was born in a village on the Mekong River Delta in 1938. She is the author of Learning True Love.She has devoted her life to the development and practice of nonviolence grounded in the Buddhist precepts of non-killing and compassionate action. She is part of the community of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and lives in Plum Village, France.

Larry Ward has celebrated over 30 years as a Christian minister. He received the Dharma teacher transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000 at Plum Village, France. Larry was an executive director in an international organization engaged in human development programs in 52 countries. He has lived for extended periods in Hong Kong, India, and the Caribbean. He has published articles and poems for Emerging Lifestyles, Edges, and The Mindfulness Bell magazines. In 2006 he was commissioned by the United Nations to write a paper on mindfulness and leadership.

Table of Contents

introduction Sister Jewel 1

chapter i our true home 7

chapter ii home is in the here and now 25

chapter iii what is your true name? 49

chapter iv no enemies 79

chapter v a frog at the door Larry Ward 117

chapter vi nothing has been lost Sister Jewel 137

chapter vii five colors of compassion 159

chapter viii all our relations 189

chapter ix together we are one 211


Touching the Earth to Our Land Ancestors (Expanded Version) 227

Deep Relaxation 235

Beginning Anew 238

diversity resources 241

about the illustrations Brett Cook 243

acknowledgments 245

story contributors 246

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