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The Art of Power Audiobook

The Art of Power

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Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"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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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-29-15
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 08-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It seems simple but this is real power"

    This book is aimed at CEOs, politicians and other powerful people about how real power is not dominating others with your wealth or power, but the power to be happy in the present moment and free from addiction, despair and anger. As sometimes happens when I read his books, the advice seems almost too simplistic to work in the real word in hard situations: breathe to get in sync with your body, the present moment is a wonderful moment, realize there is no self and that others are really you too, and practice compassion toward yourself and others. But then Nhat Hanh tells of being exiled from his home country of Vietnam because the government’s thought he was a danger for teaching peace. They banned his books and kept him out for 40 years. He’s finally allowed back and the communist government tries to thwart his lectures — and he uses the techniques in this book and creates a crack in the state apparatus aligned against him, until by the end of his visit, government officials are packing his lectures to hear him speak about peace and loving kindness. Now that’s power. (It's a very small part of the book.) An anecdote stuck with me: His book “Being Peace” sold a million copies just in South Korea while his book “Touching Peace” only had 10,000 copies printed — if you’re happy with what you accomplished, then what happens afterward is inconsequential. There’s a long appendix where the creator of Patagonia tells about his business philosophy, which fits perfectly with Nhat Hanh’s advice, and how these principles made Patagonia such a power house today. Quote: "Protesting is a kind of help, but it should be done skillfully, so people see it as an act of love and not an attack." Grade: A-

    The narration is solid.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    SHELDON 06-20-13
    SHELDON 06-20-13
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    "Great Message"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chatty Chap 07-15-17
    Chatty Chap 07-15-17
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    "grateful read"

    thoughtful wisdom and a depth of connection to the ordinary that will surprise you and push you to lead an examined life

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Raleigh, AE, USA 01-09-08
    John Raleigh, AE, USA 01-09-08
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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?

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Tara 11-08-15
    Tara 11-08-15
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    "Clear, thoughtful, easy listen"

    This book inspired both the gracious and gentle practice of mindfulness and an activist approach to bring peace through daily decisions of beneficial choices and living.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer " this is planet earth" 08-31-17
    Kindle Customer " this is planet earth" 08-31-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Powerful perceptive prose on living with purpose"

    Thich Nhat Hanh was the first modern Zen master I read whose writings spoke to me very deeply when I first entered "the Stream" . The clarity of us insights and teachings is laudable and most useful. This book is another gem. I particularly liked the appendix which tells the story of the Patagonia company in the words of its founder. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justarius USA 08-22-17
    Justarius USA 08-22-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Prefer His Collected Works"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe - some really good parts just slow to arrive at the point


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the mindful joy and deliberate approach but it felt very slow at parts and took a long time to get there. Maybe that was the point.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    It was mellow and soothing with being boring or sleepy


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Treating others with empathy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 08-06-17
    Amber 08-06-17
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    "Wonderful"

    This book was fantastic. I'm so happy I listened to it and took all the wisdom I could from it.

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    Scrushy 07-28-17
    Scrushy 07-28-17
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    "Life Changin"
    Would you listen to The Art of Power again? Why?

    Yes. I often immediately delete audible books, but this one is staying for replaying. I like the joy that the author has. He's clearly attained a level of peace/enlightment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JimmyD USA 07-26-17
    JimmyD USA 07-26-17
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    "Awesome reader and content"
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Power the most enjoyable?

    The content is awesome. I have listened to it three times. It is not a self help book but more of an instruction manual on how to experience every moment of your life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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