True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590309391
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 158,635
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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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True Love 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
CarolinaMama More than 1 year ago
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.
himyohoben More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this little book. It is a nice reminder of the things that make love true.
Kimberley Wilcox More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Diane59 More than 1 year ago
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.
JuliePeterson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful and with the potential to make all the difference in relationships of every type. I have been reading, pondering, and reviewing this book slowly for the past year a page or two at a time. lovely.
leahdawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great, really easy read by Thich Nhat Hanh. Simple, peaceful relationship advice that focuses on the need for communication in order to ensure mutual understanding and peace in everyday life.
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H82CDK More than 1 year ago
Clear and concise.
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MarcellaDew More than 1 year ago
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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daydreamer07 More than 1 year ago
It is a wonderful read. It helps you to understand, to see things in regards to love from a different perspective.
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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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