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In troubled times there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh - one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today - reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life's deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire.

Thich Nhat Hanh presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships, and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live happy, peaceful, and active lives and face ageing and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.

Containing the essence of the Buddha's teachings and Thich Nhat Hanh's poignant, timeless, and clarifying prose, The Art of Living provides a spiritual dimension to our lives. This is not an effort to escape life or to dwell in a place of bliss outside of this world. Instead this path will allow us to discover where we come from and where we are going. And, most of all, it will generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply in each moment of our lives, right where we are.

©2017 Unified Buddhist Church, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Masterpiece of timeless wisdom

Loved it. Best book that I have read with clear simple practical applications
Must listen and read

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For the Gentle Revolution

Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh for showing me the path to living a good life. Your teachings will be imprinted inside me and I will transmit them to others through my actions. I hope this book is read or listened by the whole world every year if possible.

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A Dharma talk for our time

Once again Master Hanh has blessed us with his ageless wisdom. Namaste. Peace, love, joy!

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More mindful now...

Just completed listening to this wonderful audiobook and will come back to it again and again. Thank you. Everyone would enjoy this...everyone needs this... May peace and mindfulness be the key to unlocking all potential within us, and around us, as we are ONE!

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Most wonderful insight. life-changing.

superb life philosophy. so wise. makes sense of life in realistic way. we can't and couldn't know or understand it all but we can touch peace and happiness through mindfulness with each breath with each step.

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wonderful

This was one of the books I enjoyed the most listening to since I got audible.

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  • 04-09-18

My favorite spiritual author

Thich Nhat Hanh’s books and teachings resonate with me and this specific narrators voice makes the teachings that much more impactful. I’ve collected and relistened to much of Hanh’s books. Looking forward to continuous learning through his writings.

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Affirming and Beautiful

I have made Thich Nhat Hanh's writings and principles on mindfulness and living in the present moment a core of my life for many years. Peace Is Every Step is a life bible to me, and informs my daily living and work. So I turned to this book as a relatively recent one, and it is exquisite.

The key meditations (such as aimlessness, impermanence, and signlessness) are explained so well and beautifully. I sense how truly transformative each is, in terms of aging, appreciating the wonders around us, dealing with feelings of fear, understanding interbeing, and living with true joy and compassion. Life presents challenges, difficulties, and losses, yet these teachings can sustain us, help in dealing with the myriad challenges, and shape our perspectives and experiences.

While it contains the ideas he has shared lifelong, I always find it amazing how Thich Nhat Hanh composes and expresses these teachings in new, brilliant, and fresh ways. The prose is accessible, clear, and inspiring. In the midst of the world's turbulent times, this book brings both deep inner peace and guiding precepts for action in our daily lives. I will turn to this book again and again.

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  • RZ
  • 03-21-18

must read Zen book

Great insight on daily living and practicing mindfulness. As a seasoned Zen practitioner, I find this book very informative. Highly recommended!

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Listening Awakens Commitment to Enlightenment

Listening to The Art of Living book Awakens my daily Commitment to Enlightenment through service and conscious living.

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  • 07-06-17

OK

I was enjoying it until sympathising with a rapist. I'm sorry. I live in a country filled with rapists and murderers...South Africa of course. As much as I can see we are all connected I can't get my head around senseless acts...we all have a choice. Maybe I should have started off with something lighter and for someone who is not very enlightened as I found it quite difficult to listen to the rape and murder of a child and then to sympathise and connect with the rapist.

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  • Metal Buddha
  • 07-11-17

Simply Fantastic

A wonderful way to enter the stream of peace within your life & subsequently the wider world 🙏☸️📿🙏

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  • chris
  • 10-24-17

Thank you Ti

Thanks also Eduardo and Gabra - beautiful, beautiful book. Life changing in its awn little way, not unlike ourselves:)