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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat for anxiety
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
I was drawn to this book as someone who suffers from anxiety, and more specifically, health anxiety. (aka, hypochondria). A lot of my fears are centered around death. As someone who isn't particularly religious, I've always had trouble believing in something to provide me relief of my own mind. However, through following the Buddhist path and reading this book, I have a new outlook on death as well as my fear surrounding it. Yes, it's still a struggle of mine, but my eyes have been opened to an entirely new perspective that I really needed to be enlightened to. Overall would read over and over again.
No Death, No Fear was my first book by this Godsend. I was raised in a very disfuntional situation that required years of counseling from the age of 8-30. I could never find the healing to fully move forward in life. I was a prisoner of my past, stuck in a box of hurts, confused angery, with a hardened heart. My trust in anyone other than myself was gone... this book and this wonderful teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh has opened my eyes to more than I ever could imagine. I have found more peace and forgiveness by his heart opening practices than I could with any professional. I have acquired many more books of his, and his words have become a part of my daily routine. Many people are asked , "if you could meet one person i your lifetime, who would that be?" I would choose him just to get a long hug and feel his energy . Thank you for Your beautiful , eye opening wisdom. I love you and I life you!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe most important book of our time
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2017
If you're wondering if this book is worth buying, it is. I'm not going to spoil the beauty of this book with an overly-detailed description of its contents, as I would with any other book purchase. If you're scared to die (like we all are), this book will change your life. As an avid reader of every sort of book imaginable, I firmly believe that this book is the single most important book of our time. If you think I'm exaggerating, read it for yourself. I wish there were a way to make it mandatory reading for every human being on the planet. Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Buddhists, Pagans, Jews, Hindus, Agnostics, and any various other will find comfort in this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis past August my beautiful 33 year old son died
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2015
Years ago I sent this book to a friend who had lost her precious son. This past August my beautiful 33 year old son died. This month I purchased another copy of this book. I have been studying Buddhism for 18 years, I have so many precious teachings I can turn to, precious, precious teachers and teachings that have helped and that I am so utterly grateful to, but I have to say that this book, this particular teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh is the one teaching that really started cutting through my intense grief. I know I will still experience much sadness in the days to come but for the first time there is a little less pain. These teachings have comforted my shattered and grieving heart and allowed a little bit of light to peek through the darkness. With deep gratitude and much love, Cheri.
I was so excited for this after I’d read all the great reviews. I was pretty let down. Thich seems to tell a lot but doesn’t give the “hows” and intricacies of application. Kind of like saying to a new driver, “Sure you can drive, here are the the keys!”. We all know there’s much more to it than that. I really did want to like this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsBuddhism's Godhead & The Kingdom same thing..
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2019
I liked the reality of this book. Kindle. Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese (Rinzai, Zen Monk - Wikipedia) is one of the Worlds Greatest Buddhist Scholars & Monks. This book has Chapter #11 - Accompaning the dying. It is also for the Living. It is hard to imagine or belive... This is one of my favorite books and he talks about "The Kingdom of God" & Buddhism's Godhead as the same thing... Maybe the best book ever.
Thich Nhat Hanh's little book on death is a magnificent treatment of the topic intended to be read by the widest possible audience possible. The balance of simplicity and depth here is really quite remarkable. It's as if he has spent his life making Buddhism more understandable...
The book rotates around one central image, that is of wave and water. The problem with the wave is that it often feels that it is taller or shorter, wider or thinner, smoother or more choppy than other waves. Although this causes suffering, nothing causes more fear to the wave that one day it will break on shore and become nothing. But, Thich Nhat Hanh assures the wave that its true nature is that of water. All waves at the core of their being are water. The sooner they realize this, the sooner will they cease to identify with relative definitions and the sooner will the cease to fear their death. The analogy here, I hope, is pretty obvious.
Thich Nhat Hanh, following the teachings of Buddhism, emphasizes pratityasamutpada, or interdependent arising, or the belief that everything is defined by all other things. There is no pen without paper, no coffee mug without coffee, and ultimately no person without people. He spells this out quite wonderfully when he addresses "touching the earth" in chapter 8. First he looks at time in the sense that we are biologically and emotionally dependant upon those who came before us. Our current karmic condition (although he does not emphasize this term) is the bound consequence of our parents and our parents' parents. Next, he looks at space and states that we are all that we encounter. He uses the example of a candle where he states that the candle still exists after it has burnt out. We in the west would say the candle is gone, but Thich Nhat Hanh assures us that it has simply changed form. There are gasses that were released, a bit of ash and also heat and light. The heat is still in the room and some of the light may have escaped the window and is now cruising across the cosmos. People, he writes, are the same. Who we are is not contained in our bodies, but the sum of our actions, thoughts and words. In other words, we live on in all of the people we touch. If this is the case, what does it mean to die? We pass on biologically to our children, but we also pass on our lessons and character. From here, I like to make the analogy that we are more like knots in crochet rather than pieces in a puzzle. The puzzle piece can be isolated and analyzed, but the knot will forever be a nexus of something much larger; anything we do to the know ultimately affects the entire system.
Also addressing this point, Thich Nhat Hanh asks us if we cloned him and placed on in a slum, one in a business school and one in a monastery, who would he be? The conclusion of this little thought experiment, I find, illuminates pratityasamutpada quite well.
Overall, I find this book to be easy to read and deeply insightful for anyone who would pick it up. Thich Nhat Hanh is without question a master at getting such powerful yet subtle ideas across to just about anybody. Whatever your background, you will find something meaningful in this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2018
Thich Nhat Hanh explains the concepts of Buddhism in such a simple, easy to understand way. I have recently gone back to meditation and he has really inspired me. I look forward to reading his other books. In addition to discussing life and death he talks about how to let go of the past - something which I struggle with. Since beginning to read this book, I now feel much more at peace.