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Peace Is Every Step

The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
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Bantam
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March, 1992
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9780553351392
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$22.00 CAD
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Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen monk, has become one of the most influential teachers of our time. Among his books are Being Peace, Present Moment: Wonderful Moment, and The Sun My Heart. In this volume, edited by Arnie Kotler from a number of talks, he speaks clearly and with a tender humour. Washing the dishes, eating a meal, sitting in traffic, or answering the telephone can all become ways to contact inner peace. “Can help us find a living peace in everything we do. His words connect inner peace with the need for peace in the world in a compelling way.” —Natalie Goldberg.

“If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. . . If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. Without sunshine, the forests cannot grow. . . And if we continue to look, we can see the logger . . . and we see wheat. We know that the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. The logger’s father and mother are in it too...

“Looking even more deeply, we can see ourselves in this sheet of paper too ...Your mind is in here and mine is also. So we can say that everything is in here with this sheet of paper.”

There are a number of other publications of note by Thich Nhat Hanh:

·    Interbeing: Precepts for Everyday Living is his practical guide for living ethically, through the fourteen precepts of the Order of Interbeing, which offer a penetrating expression of traditional Buddhist moral principles as they come to grips with the complexities of modern life.

·    The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion are his commentaries of the Diamond Sutra, explaining in detail how to cut through our dualistic ways of looking at the world in order to contact a deeper, wider reality.

·    Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living is the long-awaited sequel to Being Peace, in which Thich Nhat Hanh develops his teachings on practicing peace in everyday life. Based on recent talks given in North America and at Plum Village, his community in France, Touching Peace offers profound and pertinent insights into how we might create a more peaceful world by allowing peace to touch and transform our own hearts and minds.

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In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness"the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already isin the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a partand shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindFUL.Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories form Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher and community leader. It begins where the reader already is - in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking in a park - and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as e or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the mindless into the mindful.

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