The Zen master and one of the world's most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource - silence - to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.
Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence.
Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn't require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness - and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.
©2015 Unified Buddhist Church (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
This one didn’t do much for me for two reasons: There’s almost nothing that Thich Nhat Hanh hasn’t written about many many times before, and while the message is worthwhile (we need to cut down on the din of modern life in order to decrease our anxiety/suffering), the action steps are out of touch with how pretty much everyone reading this book actually lives. I love the idea of starting my work meetings with everyone pausing for three mindful breaths, but it’s never going to happen. The best thing about the book is that it’s inspired me to try to write the same book but more for people who are busy from dawn until bedtime in ways that require multitasking. Nhat Hanh has a lot better books to check out first. Grade: B
I needed to remember that love prevails! Words of Thitch Nhat Hanh never fails to bring me at the present moment.. It is not easy to overcome the habit energies when they surge but it sure is possible..
If you have a life where finding quiet time is a rarity, this book is for you. When every fibre in your body yearns for quiet and it just seems impossible, listen to this. Beatifully presented. listened to it twice now and it is definitely a book that you will return to on a regular basis.
very simple yet truly profound wisdom. The teachings in this book have really helped me appreciate the healing properties of space created by mindful silence and deep listening that our modern society lacks.
I love how this book breaks down the 4 different nutrients we take in , I also love the detailed observation on how useless mind babble and constantly running from true inner science perpetuates suffering , and how inner peace can permeate your being once true inner silence is obtained .. The space you leave really is just as important as the sound you make . Great read !!
Nothing new,with all due respect reading one book of Thich is more than enough to know what he wants to transmit.
"An excellent guide to the majesty of silence"
a beautiful book that will be a guiding light for many years to come!
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