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Thich Nhat Hanh

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15 Jun 2012
In Good Citizens, Thich Nhat Hanh lays out the foundation for an international solidarity movement based on a shared sense of compassion, mindful consumption, and right action. While based on the basic Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-Fold Path, Thich Nhat Hanh boldly leaves Buddhist terms behind as he offers his contribution to the creation of a truly global and nondenominational blueprint to overcoming deep-seated divisions and a vision of a world in harmony and the preservation of the planet. Good Citizens also contains a new wording of the Five Mindfulness Trainings (traditionally called precepts ) for lay practitioners, bringing them in line with modern-day needs and realities. In their new form they are concrete and practical guidelines of ethical conduct that can be accepted by all traditions. Good Citizens also includes the complete text of the UN Manifesto 2000, a declaration of transforming violence and creating a culture of peace for the benefit of the children of the world. It was drafted by numerous Peace Nobel Prize recipients and signed by over 100 million people worldwide. Good Citizens shows that dualistic thinking Republican/Democrat, Christian/Muslim creates tension and a false sense of separateness. When we realize that we share a common ethic and moral code, we can create a community that can change the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars World changing book 28 Oct 2012
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This book would revolutionize American (and international) democracy if politicians and influential corporate executives would read it, but we can all make our own difference in the world, and this book provides a wonderful, spiritual, open minded, and compassionate way of making a positive difference in the world. Whether you are religious or not, Buddhist or non-Buddhist, conservative or liberal, this book has the power to open your mind and heart to the wondrous possibilities of our society.
4.0 out of 5 stars book club 23 Mar 2014
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Our Buddist book club is reading this in the hopes of some enlightenment towards our view of our beautiful planet. I am not disappointed
5.0 out of 5 stars One of many wonderful books by Thich Nhat Hanh 27 Dec 2013
By Jay McLaughlin - Published on
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I read my first book by Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle of Mindfulness," several years ago. I've read many, many more of his writings since then. After this book, as after each of the others, I feel relaxed and energized - it never fails. I'm already looking forward to picking out my next title.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on death, impermanence 27 Dec 2012
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Thich Nhat Hahn writes clearly and inspiringly about the truth of our nature and the potential of having a human life. Readng his words and deep insights I realized that seeing deeply is an art and a dedicated practice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Citizens. A book I Love 16 Sep 2012
By Mrs Sylvia K Saunders - Published on
I just love this book. Thay teaches us in his beautiful simple way how world peace is possible. That we can change the world by how we live our daily lives. This book speaks not only to Buddhists but to people of all beliefs. It helps show us how change is made by simple acts of kindness in both our speech and actions. Based on the Four Noble Truths this is a beautiful book to read and cherish..........
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