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Call Me By My True Names

The Collected Poems
Paperback Book
December, 1990
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Banyen's Description: 

Composed over the last forty years, these poems reflect the author’s intimate experience of war and deep contemplation of hunger, desolation, destruction, and fear. His clarity of awareness illuminates each poem and profoundly transforms these experiences of darkness. This is poetry that celebrates the human spirit of love and wisdom as Thich Nhat Hanh shares his practice of taking refuge in the miracle of the present moment. With an introduction, and commentaries on each poem by the author.

They woke me this morning

to tell me my brother had been killed in battle.

Yet in the garden,

a new rose, with moist petals uncurling,

blooms on the bush.

And I am alive,

still breathing the fragrance of roses and dung,

eating, praying, and sleeping.

When can I break my silence?

When can I speak the unuttered words that are choking me?

Saigon, 1966

Call Me By My True Names (two cassettes) brings his words to life in his own voice. Reading from his treasury of poems before a live audience, this modern Bodhisattva weaves art, commentary, and Buddhist mindfulness training into an evening of soulfulness and truth. Recorded at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, it also includes songs by Sister Chan Khong. On the second tape, “Thich Nhat Hanh in Conversation,” he shares the story of his childhood in Vietnam, how he first started on the spiritual path, and his current work on behalf of all beings.

Among Thich Nhat Hanh’s many books are Living Buddha, Living Christ and The Miracle of Mindfulness.

Publisher’s Description: 

This definitive collection includes more than 100 poems composed over the last forty years. Thich Nhat Hanh's clarity shines forth in "Call Me by My True Names, " transforming the pain and difficulty of war and exile into a celebration of awareness and the human spirit.

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