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The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching Paperback – 24 Jun 1999

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; New Ed edition (24 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767903692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767903691
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha."
--Sogyal Rinpoche
"If there is a candidate for 'Living Buddha' on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh."
--Richard Baker-roshi
"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."
--Robert Lowell

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A popular book of Buddhist teachings by one of the most popular Zen masters alive today. --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is by far the most accessible introduction to buddhism. Not only is this book free of jargon and simply written, but also extremely positive. Unlike some, Nhat Hanh reminds us constantly that suffering can be conquered. He also avoids reference to reincarnation and similar miracluous attributes some authors dwell on.
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.
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By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Many people out there have a romantic notion of being 'into' Buddhism. For those wanting to actually take this one step further and learn a little about the religion then Thich Nhat Hanh's book is the ideal starting ground.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The best book on Buddhism I have ever read. Thich Nhat Hanh presents the essential teachings of Buddhism in a way that really makes it come alive. The way he presents the four noble truths and eight-fold path are written with a minimum of fuss and jargon. He points out the mutations Buddhism experienced in its oral transmission over the centuries. His argument for critical thinking while reading Buddhist texts is very important reminder that errors in transmission do exist. The material displays not only his intellectual ability as a scholar but also his incredible compassion. He doesn't just write about Buddhism, he lives it.
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By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Thich Nhat Hanh's presentation of the "basics" of Buddhism is a first-rate introduction to the essentials of this way of practice and faith. What distinguishes it from similar introductory treatments of Buddhism is its profoundly healing quality. The subtitle, "Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation" could well have been the title. In the Buddhist tradition of both wisdom and compassion, it enlightens the mind and heals the heart. An excellent read for anyone who feels life's difficulty, whether Buddhist or not.
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This is the most wonderful spiritual book I've ever read. A true heart-opener!
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.
Thanks!
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This book by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh goes into a lot of the background from the later-life teachings of the Buddha such as the Lotus Sutra, so in a way, it's more about what the Zen school of Buddhism or Mahayana sects in general teach. Concepts are well-explained with copious footnotes, and it remembers the Indian roots of Buddhism throwing in Sanskrit / Pali terms in addition to Japanese and Chinese terms.

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.
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Firstly I would like to say that i do recommend people interested in Buddhism, Mindfulness or just simply wanting to be a better person to buy this book. But I would not say it is a good beginners or introduction to any of those things. It can become complicated in places, and it does not help that he puts many words written in sanskrit in brackets. For example... with deep looking, the body ceases to be an aggregate of grasping (upadana skandha), and you dwell in freedom, no longer caught in fear... end example. It can be difficult taking everything in, trying to learn and understand these teachings, and by putting what I think is unnecessary translations in among them it just throws you and makes it harder. As does putting markers to footnotes. A number will often be at the end of a sentence, you go to the footnote only to be shown further reading, as advertising his other books, it just throws you off. Yes sometimes these footnotes are needed for a little extra explanation but more often than not the footnote could have been left out.
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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