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Answers from the Heart
Answers from the Heart: Practical Responses to Life's Burning Questions
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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What is the right way to live? How do I balance my work and my family? Why do I worry, even when everything is okay? How can I repair my relationship with my parents? In Answers from the Heart, each answer is a conscise summary of Thich Nhat Hanh's own insight based on his lifetime of practice. Together, the question and answers provide a useful guide for dealing with concrete problems, an accessible way into Buddhist teachings, and a lively glimpse into the connection between students and their teacher.
Awakening of the Heart Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries
Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Awakening of the Heart is a comprehensive single volume edition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s translations of and commentaries on key Buddhist sutras. It contains the following nine sutras and their commentaries.
With discussions on both historical events and how the sutras are relevant for contemporary daily life, Awakening of the Heart is a spiritual bridge that brings the Buddha’s teachings alive. Thich Nhat Hanh’s modern accessible interpretations make these commentaries useful for anyone, from experienced practitioners to those new to Buddhism or mindfulness practice.
Awakening of the West
By: Stephen Batchelor
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The Awakening of the West is a lively history of the West's encounters with Buddhism during the past 2,000 years. From Greek kings to nineteenth century adventurers; from Jesuit missionaries to twentieth century monks, the encounter of Buddhism and the West is filled with vivid personalities and intriguing stories.
Blooming of a Lotus; Guided Meditations for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfullness
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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One of the world's great meditation teachers offers thirty-four guided exercises that will bring both beginning and experienced practitioners into closer touch with their bodies, their inner selves, their families, and the world.
Breathe, You Are Alive!
Breathe, You Are Alive!: The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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According to the Buddha's teaching in the Anapanasati Sutra, maintaining awareness of our breathing is a means of awakening to the true nature of all things and arriving at spiritual liberation. "Breathe, You Are Alive" outlines 16 exercises of conscious breathing that were taught by the Buddha, together with commentaries and further exercises for practicing them every day and in any situation. Thich Nhat Hanh's insights and explanation give the reader access to the profound nurturance available when we slow down and get in touch with our in-breath and out-breath. He walks the reader through the progression of exercises -- from awareness of the physical plane, to the mental and spiritual planes -- in a clear and concise manner that is easy to implement. This 20th anniversary edition includes updated commentaries and practices on the awareness of breathing meditation, as well as the author's "Breathing and Walking" Gatha (practice verse) set to music.
Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Buddha Mind, Buddha Body expands upon the themes in Thich Nhat Hanh's book Understanding Our Mind. It opens with the question: Is free will possible? This concept becomes a leitmotif as the author considers how the mind functions and how we can work with it to cultivate more freedom and understanding, how to be in closer touch with reality, and how to create the conditions for our own happiness.
Calming the Fearful Mind, A Zen Response to Terrorism
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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In a time of terrorism and uncertainty, how can we feel truly safe? Calming the Fearful Mind offers key teachings designed to help heal the misunderstanding, fear, and hatred that divide us as individuals, groups, and nations. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh looks at the roots of terrorism and fear, and offers step-by-step instructions for calming the mind and looking deeply into our own misperceptions. His own generosity of spirit and love for all beings models a path out of uncertainty and towards peace and the understanding of how terrorism be transformed and uprooted.
Cultivating the Mind of Love: The Practice of Looking Deeply in the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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The Practice of Looking Deeply in the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition
In "Cultivating the Mind of Love," Thich Nhat Hanh shares heartfelt moments in his own formation-drinking the clear water of a hermit's well; seeing a drawing of the Buddha on the cover of a magazine; becoming a monk to practice for his generation, his society, and the world; and falling in love. Interweaving these episodes with a close examination of key Mahayana Buddhist texts, including the "Diamond," "Lotus," and "Avatamsaka Sutras," Thich Nhat Hanh helps the reader understand the "interbeing and interpenetrating" nature of all that is, overcome the notions that stand in the way of direct experience, and enter the "Avatamsaka realm of ultimate reality." With masterful simplicity and clarity, he shows us ways to cultivate our own "mind of love" and bring joy and hope to ourselves and many others.

Dharma Gaia
Dharma Gaia: A Harvast of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology
Edited by Allan Hunt Badiner
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Dharma Gaia explores the ground where Buddhism and ecology meet through writings by the Dalai Lama, Gary Snyder, Thich Nhat Hanh, Allen Ginsberg, Joanna Macy, Robert Aitken, and 25 other Buddhists and ecologists.

Dharma. Color, and Culture, New Voices in Western Buddhism
By: Hilda Gutierrez Baldoquin
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Thought-provoking and articulate, Dharma, Color, and Culture provides a unique perspective on Buddhism in the West. In this groundbreaking anthology, practitioners of color across the entire spectrum of Buddhist traditions share their unique perspectives on suffering and the path to the cessation of suffering. In personal and original essays they reveal the connections between diversity, spiritual practice, and the liberation of all human beings.
Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen master, poet, and peace activist, has been a monk for 50 years. In 1967, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Ir. He lives in southwestern France where he teaches, writes, gardens, and works to help those in need. He travels regularly leading retreats on "the art of mindful living." He is author of Being Peace, Peace is Every Step, Old Path White Clouds, The Sun My Heart, and many other books.

Engaged Buddhist Reader
Engaged Buddhist Reader
Edited by Arnold Kotler
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This collection of essays on engaged Buddhism represents the “cream” of Parallax Press’ published works. Contributors include the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Marx Ellsburg, Shunryu Suzuki, Robert Thurman, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiesen, and others.

First Buddhist Women, Poems and Stories of Awakening
By: Susan Murcott
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First Buddhist Women traces the journey of the wives, mothers, teachers, courtesans, prostitutes, and wanders who became the first female disciples of the Buddha. Susan Murcott's lively translation and commentary of the Therigatha, the earliest known collection of women's religious poetry, is surprisingly timeless, addressing issues of spiritual enlightenment and societal expectations that are still relevant today.
Fragrant Palm Leaves
Fragrant Palm Leaves
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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'Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. he is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brother-hood, to humanity."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freedom Wherever We Go: A Buddhist Monastic Code for the 21st Century
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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A fascinating resource for Buddhist practitioners and non-Buddhists alike, "Freedom Wherever We Go takes the centuries-old Buddhist monastic guidelines of conduct and updates them for the twenty-first century. This is the first time in Thich Nhat Hanh's Vietnamese tradition that this text is made available to the general public.
Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices
Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Thich Nhat Hanh encourages his readers to "try to be intelligent and skillful in your practice, approaching every aspect of the practice with curiosity and a sense of investigation. Enjoy your practice with a relaxed and gentle attitude, with an open mind and receptive heart. With sections on Daily Practice, Relationships, Physical Practices, Mindful Eating, and Practicing with Children, Happiness is a comprehensive guide to living our daily lives with full awareness, whether we are working, eating, parenting, driving, walking, or simply sitting and breathing.

Heart of Understanding
Heart of Understanding Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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This 20th anniversary edition with an introduction by poet and Zen teacher Peter Levitt is an excellent translation and explanation of a core Buddhist text, conveying the deepest level of understanding. The Heart Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching, offering subtle and profound teachings on the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments in order to be open to all the wonders of life.
How to Eat, Thich Nhat Hanh
How to Eat (pocket)
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Eat is the second book in the Mindful Essentials series by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. These friendly, pocket-sized books contain several delightful illustrations, and are appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition and all levels of familiarity with mindfulness practice.
How to Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
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By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Love is the third title in Parallax’s Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindful relationships. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.
How To Relax
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Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Relax is a unique gift for those who want a simple guide to achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress, and renewing mental freshness and clarity, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditations.
How to Sit, Thich Nhat Hanh
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By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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To sit is to restore ourselves, to become fully present and fully alive in the here and now.Thich Nhat Hanh
How to Walk, Thich Nhat Hanh
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By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Walk is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to arrive somewhere—each step is the arrival to concentration, joy, insight, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. When your foot touches the Earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to “sleepwalk” through life.
Inside the Now: Meditations on Time
Inside the Now: Meditations on Time
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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For the first time Thich Nhat Hanh shares his inspiration and experience of living in stillness and timelessness. Written to pull you into the moment as he sees it, Inside the Now offers teachings inspired by the spirit of poetry. More personal than the majority of his writing, Inside the Now shares the Zen Master’s experience using poetry and meditation to endure and move beyond violence and oppression.

Inspired by Being Time by Zen Master Dogen, Thich Nhat Hanh shares short meditations along with revelations from his past to give the reader a sense of entering a space of timelessness. In these meditations, he reveals his own doubts and his own searching.
Interbeing: Precepts for Everyday Living
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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This small book is one of the gems of spiritual literature. Thich Nhat Hanh's Buddhist precepts of acceptance, patience, and extending oneself are as necessary as rain to parceled earth. Short, sweet,and direct. . .a book to read and treasure."
Formulated bv Thich Nhat Hanh during the Vietnam War, the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing are a penetrating expression of traditional Buddhist morality coming to terms with contemporary issues. In this new third edition, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces the term "mindfulness trainings" for "precepts."
Love Letter to the Earth Thich Nhat Hanh
Love Letter to the Earth
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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"Love Letter to the Earth" is Thich Nhat Hanh's passionate appeal for ecological mindfulness and the strengthening of our relationship to the Earth. While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one key issue as having the potential to create a tipping point.
Mindful Movements 10 Exercises for Well-Being
Mindful Movements 10 Exercises for Well-Being
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
Illustrated by Wietske Vriezen
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Initially developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as stretching breaks between long periods of sitting meditation, the Ten Mindful Movements have become a popular tool to reduce stress and tension. These simple and effective movements, based on yoga and Tai Chi, can increase mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and are suitable for people with a wide range of physical abilities.

Mindfulness Survival Kit: Five Essential Practices
Mindfulness Survival Kit: Five Essential Practices
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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With this book, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers a Buddhist contribution to the current thinking on how we can come together to define secular guidelines that will allow us to live with compassion and mindfulness.

Moments of Mindfulness:Daily Inspiration
Moments of Mindfulness:Daily Inspiration
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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This beautifully designed gift book contains many of the best-loved inspirational quotations and passages from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Basic meditation instructions and messages of peace, love, insight, understanding, and compassion accompany two-color illustrations throughout, with blank pages for personal reflections and inspiration.
Illustrated by Jenifer Kent
No Mud, No Lotu The Art of Transforming Suffering
No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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No Mud, No Lotus introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it. When we know how to suffer, Nhat Hanh says, we suffer much, much less. With his signature clarity and sense of joy, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us recognize the wonders inside us and around us that we tend to take for granted and teaches us the art of happiness.
Old Path, White Clouds
Old Path, White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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"Old Path White Clouds" presents the life and teachings of Guatama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. "Old Path White Clouds" is destined to become a classic of religious literature.
One Buddha is not Enough: A Story of Collective Awakening  By: Thich Nhat Hanh
One Buddha is not Enough: A Story of Collective Awakening
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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How do we learn to believe in ourselves and not just rely on our spiritual teachers? This question was answered in August 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. One Buddha Is Not Enough offers fresh and original insights on topics such as handling grief, strengthening relationships, dealing with anger and other strong emotions, and finding happiness in the present moment. Far-reaching in its implication and tremendously encouraging, One Buddha Is Not Enough is a true expression of American Buddhism: we 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.
Opening the Heart of the Cosmos
Opening the Heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered Mahayana sutras and is sometimes called "the king of sutras." Stamped with his signature depth of vision, lucidity, and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh's insights based on the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns. He demonstrates the practical and direct applicability of Buddhist teachings to today's issues, from the Palestinian-Israeli tragedy to the threat of terrorism and the degradation of our environment.
Our Appointment with Life
Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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This is a translation and commentary by Thich Nhat Hanh on the Sutra on Knowing the Better Way To Live Alone, the earliest teaching of the Buddha on living fully in the present moment.
Path of Compassion: Stories from the Buddha's Life
Path of Compassion: Stories from the Buddha's Life
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Path of Compassion is a collection of key stories from Thich Nhat Hanhs classic Old Path White Clouds, a book celebrating its 20th publishing anniversary this year. It tells the fascinating life story of Prince Siddhartha, who left his family and renounced his carefully guarded life, and after many years of spiritual seeking became the Buddha, the Enlightened One. Far more than the description of an unusual life story, it serves as an enjoyable, compelling, and informative introduction to Buddhism by conveying its most important teachings in a compact and accessible format.
Path of Emancipation
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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In May 1998, more than four hundred practitoners from around the world joined Thich Nhat Hanh's first 21-day retreat in North America in Vermont to experience mindfulness. The Path of Emancipation, which transcribes this retreat, comprises an in-depth instruction in the "Sixteen Ways of Breathing" from the Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing. When Thich Nhat Hanh discovered this discourse, he said, "I felt I was the happiest person in the world."
Peace Begins Here: Palestians and Israelis listening to each other
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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In this highly anticipated Buddhist perspective on resolving conflict in the Middle East and around the world, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates how a real peace process is based on spiritual -- not political -- strength. Peace in oneself is the basis of peace in the family, society, and the world.
Peaceful Action, Open Heart
Peaceful Action, Open Heart: Lessons from the Lotus Sutra
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh uses the Lotus Sutra, one of Mahayana Buddhism's most revered texts, to illustrate the Buddha nature inherent in everyone. With great passion and clarity, he demonstrates how each human being has the capacity to transform their individual suffering, develop compassion, and help create more peace in the world.

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children
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Planting Seeds offers insight, and a wide range of contemplative and fun activities that parents and educators can apply in school settings, in their local communities, or at home in a way that is meaningful and inviting to children. The activities are designed to help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude and confidence, work with difficult emotions, touch our interconnection with nature, and improve communication.
Present Moment; Wonderful Moment
Present Moment; Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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"Present Moment, Wonderful Moment" is an inspiring handbook of "gathas," or "mindfulness verses," with commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh. Reciting these poetic yet practical verses can help us slow down and enjoy each moment of our lives.
Seeds of Peace: A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society
Seeds of Peace: A Buddhist Vision for Renewing Society
By: Sulak Sivaraksa
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Sulak Sivaraksa, founder of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists and winner of the 1995 Right Livelihood Award, takes on such issues as the "religion of consumerism," indicating solutions to a wide range of political, economic, and social problems. "Seeds of Peace offers his most passionate writings.
Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times
Solid Ground: Buddhist Wisdom for Difficult Times
Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, Tsoknyi Rinpoche
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In this lively and personal book, three acclaimed Buddhist teachers from different traditions come together to offer unorthodox wisdom for living well through difficult times. Sylvia Boorstein, Zoketsu Norman Fischer, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche draw on their own experiences with suffering, as well as their many years of practice, to illustrate how we can find serenity and compassion in even the most stressful situations. Solid Ground offers humor, insight, and practical advice as well as five guided meditations for soothing our thoughts and increasing our capacity for equanimity and joy.
Stepping Into Freedom: Introduction to Buddhist Monastic Training
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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A book of guidelines, encouraging words, reminders, and poems for novice monks and nuns in the Buddhist tradition, Stepping into Freedom offers the Western reader a glimpse of Buddhist monastic life. At the same time, it shows us all how to live simply, beautifully, and happily while dwelling in the present moment.
Sun My Heart
Sun My Heart
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, Zen Master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace delegation during the war, was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of Being Peace, Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, The Heart of Understanding, and many other works.
The Sun My Heart was written as the sequel to The Miracle of Mindfulness. In his simple, compassionate style, Nhat Hanh draws from Buddhist psychology, epistemology, and contemporary physics, and uses many anecdotes to accompany the reader on this journey from mindfulness to insight.

Thundering Silence
Thundering Silence, Sutra On Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake.
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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In Thundering Silence, Thich Nhat Hanh presents the early teachings of the Buddha on how to see reality clearly without becoming stuck in notions and ideologies, however noble they may be. These teachings can liberate us from the prisons of our mental constructiosn and allow us to enjoy life fully and be a resource for others. Near the end of his life, the Buddha declared, "During forty-five years, I have not said anything," to encourage his disciples not to be caught by words or ideas. Thich Nhat Hanh calls this "the roar of a great lion, the thundering silence of a Buddha." The attitude of openness, non-attachmant from views, and playfulness offered by the Buddha in this sutra is an important door for us to enter the realm of Mahayana Buddhist thought and practice.
Together We Are One
Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connections
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Together We Are One offers Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest thinking on what Buddhism and mindfulness practice can teach us about healing individual and collective suffering. Personal stories from people of many colors, backgrounds, and experiences make this an inspirational and practical guide.
Touching Peace
Touching Peace; Practicing the Art of Mindful Living
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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In Touching Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh continues to develop the teachings on practicing the art of mindful living begun in Being Peace. Based on recent talks in North America and Europe, the book begins by teaching the reader mindful breathing and the awareness of what is refreshing and healing within us and all around us, and then shows how this awareness can be used as the basis for examining the roots of war and violence, alcoholism and drug abuse, and social alienation. Thich Nhat Hanh concludes by sharing his vision for rebuilding society through strengthening our families and communities, and realizing the ultimate dimension of reality in each act of out daily lives.
Transformation and Healing, Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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The Sutra has been studied, practiced, and handed down with special care from generation to generation for 2,500 years. In these commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh guides the reader to an understanding of the fundamental basis of the Buddhist practice and encourages application in daily life. The book describes the four methods of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, the feelings, the mind, and the object of mind.
Two Treasures: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening and True Happiness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Two Treasures: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening and True Happiness
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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This beautiful volume contains two of the Buddha's most important teachings:  the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings and the Discourse on Happiness.  They provide an opportunity to study the Buddha's teachings directly.  Read together, they inspire us toward a life of simplicity, generosity, and compassion.  Thich Nhat Hanh offers practical and contemporary commentary on the sutras, revealing how these ancient words offer nourishment for everyday life.
Under the Rose Apple Tree
Under the Rose Apple Tree
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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n this sequel to A Pebble for Your Pocket , Zen teacher and poet Thich Nhat Hanh looks deeply at the issues that confront young people in today's society. Applying his unique insights to anger, family conflict, drug use, and sexual responsibility, he mkes the ancient teachings of the Buddha relevant to adolescents by offering mindfulness practices as tools to help transform the suffering in their everyday lives. Ages 10-13.
Understanding Our Mind
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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This profound look at Buddhist psychology offers important insights into how Buddhism's ancient teachings apply to the modern world. Basing his work on the writings of the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing the true nature of consciousness. Presenting the basic teachings of Buddhist applied psychology, he shows how the mind is like a field, where every kind of seed is planted — seeds of suffering, anger, happiness, and peace. The quality of life, he writes, depends on the quality of the seeds. By learning how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, understanding, love, and compassion can flower.