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The Art of Living

Written by: Thích Nhất Hạnh
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini,Gabra Zackman
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In troubled times there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh - one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today - reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life's deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire.

Thich Nhat Hanh presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships, and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live happy, peaceful, and active lives and face ageing and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.

Containing the essence of the Buddha's teachings and Thich Nhat Hanh's poignant, timeless, and clarifying prose, The Art of Living provides a spiritual dimension to our lives. This is not an effort to escape life or to dwell in a place of bliss outside of this world. Instead this path will allow us to discover where we come from and where we are going. And, most of all, it will generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply in each moment of our lives, right where we are.

©2017 Unified Buddhist Church, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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I've read / listened to other works by Thich Nhat Hanh, and they always seem to stick with me. He makes Buddhism and meditation very accessible, such as the walking meditation, eating soup etc and just living in the moment. I've recently read several other books on Zen buddhism and end up frustrated, like someone is teasing you with unsolvable riddles that are somehow supposed to snap you into enlightenment, but it's not the case here. His work, and this one in particular, are very attainable, and leave you feeling inspired to go further and dig deeper. Will definitely revisit this one and look for more of his work. On a side note, the narration is a tad too 'peaceful' for my preference, so ironically, its easy for your attention to drift unless you keep your awareness focused.

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amazing lessons

if your searching for inner peace, this book simplifies life in such a way that illuminates truths you may deep down know. great narration.

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Simple yet profound

Complex subjects are approached in a clear manner that seems to greatly simplify them. Well worth your time. Will provide a lifetime of reflection. Will certainly listen to again. Invest the time you won't regret it.

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Loved the book.

Thought provoking! The narrator's voice was well suited to the content of the book. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience!

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I found this to be a very calming listen.

so many wonderful thoughts, stories and lessons on life nature and caring sharing. I will review many times the 5 lessons of living.

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Spirituality for the 21st Century

We've lost our human nature in a world that continuously overwhelms us with fears, anxieties, despair, and anger. The wise Thich Nhat Hanh gives us insight into the concentrations of mindfulness and how we can apply these simple practices into our daily life. We need not become Buddhists to act like Buddhists, we all have the ability to channel our inner Buddha for outer peace and prosperity. Nature is simple yet subtle, all we need is the patience to gain perspective.

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very insightful.

I listent to this book often and it put things into perspective. I always feel grounded after a listen.

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Hidden Gem

This is a book I had bought out of curiosity. I did not think it would change my life the way that it had. I have learned many things from this book that I will carry with me throughout my journey. 10/10 would recommend. The author is very wise and I will be buying more of his books.

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A beautiful reflection

The kindly words of a master who loved each moment of life, and the thoughtful advice of a sage who wanted that love for all.

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Advocates having compassion for child abusers

I have read a few books on Buddhist teachings and practice, and was looking forward to this one, being that it is so highly rated. Within the first half hour, Thich Nhat Hanh relays a story about a pirate who raped an 11 year old girl who then killed herself, and describes how he found some kind of peace with this disturbing story by having understanding and compassion for the rapist. This is taking compassion too far, IMO, and I do not need to learn from someone who feels the need to rationalize the actions of a rapist of children.

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