The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh
Nhat Hanh seamlessly blends simple practical advice for keeping mindful in a busy modern world (e.g. how to breathe) with deep buddhist beliefs such as the non-discrimination mind. The result allows you to realise more deeply that these simple things are worth our attention and effort, and that these seemingly esoteric and mind-numbing concepts might not be that far out of our grasp.
Indeed “The Buddha once said that the problem of life and death is itself the problem of mindfulness”. It’s testament to his deep understanding how concise he can be to fit so much into quite a small book.
The book is the content of a letter he wrote in exile to encourage and guide monks to continue helping, without frustration or anger, those affected by the Vietnam war. He covers a broad range of everyday mindfulness practises and deeper meditations and a selection of key buddhist sutras. For example: we don’t carry the raft on our shoulders once we’ve crossed the river (i.e. let go of all concepts once you’ve used them); and an insightful view of thoughts in the Contemplation of Thought Sutra.
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