click image to enlarge

The Art of Power

Paperback Book
June, 2008
$18.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Turning conventional understanding of power on its head, renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh shows how whether we want it or not, power remains one of the central issues in all of our lives. Every day, each of us exercises power in many ways, and our every act subtly affects the world we live in. This struggle for control and authority permeates every aspect of our private and public lives. The me-first mentality in our culture seeps into our decisions and choices. This bottom-line approach to getting ahead may be most visible in the business world, but the stress, fear, and anxiety it causes are felt by us all.

With colourful anecdotes, precise language, and concrete practices, Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how the current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary. The Art of Power boldly challenges our assumptions and teaches each of us how to access the true power that is within our grasp.

When you look deeply, you see the pain and suffering in the world, and recognize your deep desire to relieve it. You also recognize that bringing joy to others is the greatest joy you can have, the greatest achievement. In choosing to cultivate true power, you do not have to give up your desire for the good life. Your life can be more satisfying, and you will be happy and relaxed, relieving suffering and bringing happiness to everyone.

“Power” fascinates, corrupts, compels… Yet this elder (he’s recently been allowed to return to
) demonstrates how true power can free us and bless us.

Power is good for one thing only: to increase our happiness and the happiness of others. Being peaceful and happy is the most important thing in our lives and yet most of the time we suffer, we run after our cravings, we look to the past or the future for our happiness.

Since the age of 16 (he’s now 80+) Thich Nhat Hanh has been a Buddhist monk and a peace activist. He’s author of many books including Peace Is Every Step and Anger. Visit him at

Publisher’s Description: 

Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, world-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and national bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how true power comes from within. What we seek, we already have.

From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power often prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The me-first, bottom-line mentality of our culture seeps unnoticed into every part of our lives, leading us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary while loading us with stress, fear, and anxiety. With colorful anecdotes, precise language, and concrete practices, renowned Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that true power comes from within, and what we seek we already have. Now in paper. 240 pp.

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review