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Understanding Our Mind

Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousness
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Parallax
 | 
February, 2006
ISBN:
9781888375305
Quantity: 
3
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Originally published as Transformation at the Base, this profound look at Buddhist psychology offers important insights into how Buddhism’s ancient teachings apply to the modern world. Basing his work on the writings of the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing the true nature of consciousness. He shows how the mind is like a field, where every kind of seed is planted—seeds of suffering, anger, happiness, and peace. The quality of life, he writes, depends on the quality of the seeds. By learning how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, understanding, love, and compassion can flower.

In our compost are many fragrant flowers. A skillful gardener does not get rid of kitchen garbage but burns it into compost. In the course of time, the garbage will turn into a basket of fresh, green vegetables. If we know how to compost our afflictions of greed, hatred, ignorance, pride, doubt, views, agitation, torpor, and forgetfulness, we can transform them into peace, joy, liberation, and happiness... When we are able to touch our habit energies and transform the roots of violence, despair, fear, and anger in our store consciousness, transformation at the base occurs.

Understanding Our Mind is a unique, contemporary presentation of Buddhist psychology focusing on the direct experience of recognizing, embracing, and looking deeply into the nature of our feelings and perceptions. Bringing his deeply cultivated understanding and clarity to these traditional teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh presents commentaries on each of the Fifty Verses in clear, everyday language, and offers readers an opportunity to apply these teachings to their practice and in their daily lives.

Thich Nhat Hanh lives in
PlumVillage in southern
France
and has written many books, among them The Miracle of Mindfulness, Teachings on Love, and Interbeing.

Publisher’s Description: 

(Parallax Press) Consumer health title contains information for individuals curious about the inner workings of the mind. Topics include store consciousness, manas, mind consciousness, direct perception, mental formations, nature of reality, mindfulness, transformation at the base, the present moment, and more. Softcover.This profound look at Buddhist psychology offers important insights into how Buddhism’s ancient teachings apply to the modern world. Basing his work on the writings of the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing the true nature of consciousness. Presenting the basic teachings of Buddhist applied psychology, he shows how the mind is like a field, where every kind of seed is planted -- seeds of suffering, anger, happiness, and peace. The quality of life, he writes, depends on the quality of the seeds. By learning how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, understanding, love, and compassion can flower.

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