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The Art of Power | [Thich Nhat Hanh]

The Art of Power

Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary.
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In The Art of Power, world-renowned Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers a surprising and radical new understanding of how we attain true power.

Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary. This me-first approach to life may have originated in the business world, but the stress, fear, and anxiety it causes are being felt by all of us every day.

Turning the conventional understanding on its head, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that true power comes from within and that what we seek we already have. With colorful anecdotes, precise language, and concrete practices, this book will have an important and lasting legacy on how we understand our culture and choose to live our lives.

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"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal inner peace, and peace on earth." (the Dalai Lama)

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    "The Distilled Wisdom of a Happy Being"

    How highly should you recommend a book that is the distilled wisdom and insight of a 90-year old monk who has lived nearly his entire life in the service of others and while having no wife, children or money and while owning nothing and representing the complete antithesis of what our society holds up as successful, is happy down to the core of his being?

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    SHELDON 06-20-13
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    This was my second TNH book and the message (while still amazing) was really a rehashing of the first book. Still, its an incredibly important message and if this would be your first TNH book its probably a great choice. The book has a western narrator, which is both good (definately easier to understand) and bad (lack's TNH's incredible charm). I highly recommend this book - but if it's a second TNH book, be prepared for lots of overlap.

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    "Not everyone should write books."

    I'm sure that in person Hanh is impressive. I just don't think his ideas were worth a book this long. It sounds like the essays I used to write in high school when I didn't have much to say, but did have a required length. Eckart Tolle's books are close to this in philosophy, but for me are far superior in depth and content.

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