The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Paperback – 24 Jun 1999
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"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha."
"If there is a candidate for 'Living Buddha' on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh."
"Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth."
--His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a real poet."
A popular book of Buddhist teachings by one of the most popular Zen masters alive today. --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.See all Product Description
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Buddhism is not a series of philosophy lectures but a tool to liberate oneself. It is the art of being awake and compassionate. Thich Nhat Hanh has mastered that art.
The book is not too in-depth with its writings and gives the reader a fantastic insight into the world of Buddhism. Starting with the basics it goes onto explain the origins of the ancient religion and examples of its teaching. A lot of books addressing this subject are dismissed quickly by potential readers because of their technical and complicated prose but The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching does exactly the opposite. It gets to the subject matter without blinding the reader with complications. Covering everything that needs to be known in a quick synopsis of one of the world oldest religions the reader can gain confidence to take their interests to another stage. Covering all basic aspects it will give the reader, as it did myself, a good basic foundation which can or cannot be taken to the next level. If you are interested in learning more about Buddhism but don't want bogged down then this book is the ideal place to start. It may not give complete enlightenment but it at least tells you where the switch is.
It's only necessary to read a few lines at a time, and your whole being is enlightened by Tich Nhat Hanh's profound words, again and again. And it doesn't matter if you are a buddhist, christian, muslim, hindu, humanistic ethicist or belong to any other religion or philosophy. The book is above any religion, and brings peace and awareness to the reader.
But while the book is easy to read, it often overwhelms the reader with a lot of overlapping concepts which often basically seem to be saying the same thing. Being bombarded with so many terms can often be distracting. What's good though is he doesn't just teach from one set of Buddhist teachings, but presents teachings from a wide body of books which makes it feel a lot more inclusive.
Like another review I admit he repeats himself, but that is a tool for learning. To repeat the same thing to get it to stick, to set in.
Thich Nhat Hanh is an amazing man and I do recommend reading his work, and this book is no exception. The book like the teachings within it are beautiful. So much advice, teachings, to live a good but most of all happy life. .
In summary I would say buy this book, but only if you have read other work on Buddhism and mindfulness before. Buy an introduction, after you have read it, if you want further reading, then buy this book
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