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The Art of Living

Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now
Written by: Thich Nhat Hanh
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

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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Worth It

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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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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Life connection and death in a new perspective

This audiobook gave me a whole new perspective. Very interesting and insightful. I recommend for anyone looking to experience the world in completely new way.

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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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Need a new perspective on life?

Great book! Its a good break to take when life gets complicated. I really liked it!

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loved it

I really love this and recommend it. I was surprised how much it touched me and spoke to me and through me

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Well done!

I really enjoyed the narration in this selection. The wisdom and teaching within the text are of great value. I will surely listen again as this book is only about 5 hours.

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  • scdemark
  • 2018-04-08

Affirming and Beautiful

I have made Thich Nhat Hanh's writings and principles on mindfulness and living in the present moment a core of my life for many years. Peace Is Every Step is a life bible to me, and informs my daily living and work. So I turned to this book as a relatively recent one, and it is exquisite. The key meditations (such as aimlessness, impermanence, and signlessness) are explained so well and beautifully. I sense how truly transformative each is, in terms of aging, appreciating the wonders around us, dealing with feelings of fear, understanding interbeing, and living with true joy and compassion. Life presents challenges, difficulties, and losses, yet these teachings can sustain us, help in dealing with the myriad challenges, and shape our perspectives and experiences. While it contains the ideas he has shared lifelong, I always find it amazing how Thich Nhat Hanh composes and expresses these teachings in new, brilliant, and fresh ways. The prose is accessible, clear, and inspiring. In the midst of the world's turbulent times, this book brings both deep inner peace and guiding precepts for action in our daily lives. I will turn to this book again and again.

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  • Eduardo Joffroy Jr.
  • 2017-08-17

For the Gentle Revolution

Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh for showing me the path to living a good life. Your teachings will be imprinted inside me and I will transmit them to others through my actions. I hope this book is read or listened by the whole world every year if possible.

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  • r roque
  • 2019-12-09

Lovely

I've been diagnosed with heart failure, so I've seen some dark times. This book is exactly what I needed to get better perspective of how to live and how live the proper way. obviously keep an opened mind and do what makes you feel right.

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  • Aaron P. Schroer
  • 2020-06-24

Good intro to Eastern philosophy

This book is pretty intense and not so easy to digest when multitasking. There's a lot of information and philosophies compacted into a short book. I feel like I need to listen to it a few times to better grasp the subject material. very calming and relaxing and the concepts are liberating. Very worthwhile.

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  • quintiuswalker
  • 2017-07-08

A Dharma talk for our time

Once again Master Hanh has blessed us with his ageless wisdom. Namaste. Peace, love, joy!

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  • jaizenhom
  • 2017-09-22

More mindful now...

Just completed listening to this wonderful audiobook and will come back to it again and again. Thank you. Everyone would enjoy this...everyone needs this... May peace and mindfulness be the key to unlocking all potential within us, and around us, as we are ONE!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-26

Deep

I think this might be still a bit ahead of my time, yet there are powerful lessons in here that can be taken and tried by anyone. The more who take, the better and I'm sure a better world for us to share.

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  • ska
  • 2017-06-18

Masterpiece of timeless wisdom

Loved it. Best book that I have read with clear simple practical applications
Must listen and read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-28

A solid and reflective listen

The world can be very hectic and rushed. As a matter of fact, it often times is. This book and its teachings are a reminder to us all to slow things down. Be more reflective of our lives, what it means to be human, and to live well on this Earth. After a long day it is a welcomed reprieve and reminder of these elements. The narrator’s voice is perfectly suited to the topics in this book. It is a relaxing journey from beginning to end. It is probably why I have to keep listening night after night. I usually fall asleep listening to the narrator’s voice soothe me with Thich Nhat Hanh’s words.

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  • Logan
  • 2020-03-19

Helped me make sense of the world

As a traditionally non-spiritual person, I am very skeptical of religious believes and institutions. This book somehow managed to connect all of the dots between my logical and scientific beliefs in my personal values that have always guided me. It really helped me feel at ease and make sense of the world in such a anxiety filled time like Covid-19.

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  • Orly H7
  • 2019-06-15

inspirational

I truely enjoyed those "guidelines " To thé art of living. it's more a long meditation than à handbook !