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Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh Paperback – January 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; New edition edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A Buddhist monk, poet and Zen master, Hanh fled his native Vietnam during the war and became a peace activist, eventually settling in France. He now has followers throughout the world. On this tapeAbased on a visit Hanh made to San FranciscoAhe answers questions about his calling and his life, stating his beliefs matter-of-factly, in heavily accented but easily understood English. The second of the two cassettes presents a recording of Hanh's appearance at Grace Cathedral, where he recited poetry, occasionally accompanied by singers, and explained his vision of the world. Sometimes he's quite funny; he says that people should breathe deeply and meditate when they hear the ringing of a phone, rather than immediately answering it. His poetry usually deals with life trials such as the rape and murder of villagers. He is an articulate and emotional speaker, but this audio book will appeal primarily to people who are already familiar with Hanh's work, since those listening to Hanh for the first time may find this disjointed audio an underwhelming introduction to the Zen master. Based on the 1993 Parallax hardcover. (Dec. 2000)
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"Thich Nhat Hanh's poems have an almost uncanny power to disarm delusion, awaken compassion, and carry the mind into the immediate presence of meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha."
—Sogyal Rinpoche

"The clear, still mind of this meditation teacher gives rise to piercing images time and time again. Nhat Hanh seems an inherently skilled poet....It is these poetic works—more than his essays or lectures—that show Thich Nhat Hanh clearly to be a Zen mystic."
San Francisco Chronicle

"When we despair for our world, this book is a wise friend to turn to."
Essential Living

More About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on March 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
As many of us may (or may not) be aware, Nhat Hanh is at once a renowned Buddhist monk, a poet, and activist for peace; especially peace sought after during war time. This particular book brings together a collection of 100+ poems he has written and orated over 40 years. Each one gives the reader a glimpse into the very heart of this real life bodhisattva. Call Me By My True Names is perhaps one of his most profound and important, for it penetrates one's dualistic mode of thinking to the point of acknowledging all nature is within my own nature. True understanding stems from realizing there is no other in a traditional sense. What there should only be is, "How can I help this world?" Call Me By My True Names is awe-inspiring, one of the most powerful texts on interconnection and being I've ever happened to read. And simple, so clear.
This book covers practically every aspect of a spiritual life in it's contents, and it is my wish you will buy it. It should be on all beings shelves, for it's prose is delivered deep from the heart of a modern bodhisattva.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shailendra Jaisingha on June 7, 2000
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His simple words reveal an ocean of truth of miseries, hopes, memories & dreams a normal citizen had, when Vietnam was bleeding.It also has all the good things that we have ever heard from elders or read somewhere. Simple yet powerful this collection is a close encounter with nature and life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dean M. Wheatley on October 31, 2003
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This book is something special. Call me by my true names is more than a collection of poems by some crusty old Zen guy. The author's clarity and enlightening style have cut through my muddy mind like a knife through butter. I sit here covered in Goosebumps because Thich Nhat Hahn's poetry resonates with the voice of Buddha.
Call me by my true names is nothing short of spectacular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Alston on September 20, 2006
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There are many wonderful introductions to the work, life and ideas of Thich Nhat Hanh, and this is both one of the more unexpected, and one of the finest.

CALL ME BY MY TRUE NAMES is a comprehensive collection of Thich Nhat Hanh's poetry, presented here with occasional brief comments from the author following many of the poems. I initially purchased this for the comparatively famous title piece, which is a work of extraordinary moral power, and also of extraordinary literary control.

From start to finish here, the writing is economical and plainspoken - but not 'plain': to draw feeble Western connections, this is a distant stylistic cousin to the likes of Dickens, or perhaps Steinbeck - rather than resort to gimmicks, or technical flash, Thich Nhat Hanh has the respect or confidence in his own voice (or the voices of characters) to allow that voice clear expression.

Thus, a collection of dignity and skill. The Vietnamese Zen ideals and ideas Thich Nhat Hanh has been developing, exploring and living for decades are expressed with precision and grace, and he doesn't have to ask for a readers' interest - this work sparkles with calm dignity and life.

-David Alston
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Turlington on January 9, 2010
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These poems are simple and beautiful in nature. Great poems to read first thing in the morning or before a meditation. I didn't find them to be unusually impressive, but knowing the type of life led by the man who wrote them gives them much more power. I recommend it.
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By C. Cone on May 21, 2014
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This is a beautiful book of poetry to keep by your bedside for late reading. He is an unusual man and a great teacher
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By SST on January 9, 2014
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a great thinker, spiritualist, and poet. This book gives me comfort and insight ... deeply touching poetry
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By Nomi Redding on January 3, 2014
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This book touched me deeply. The first section, in the historical realm, was the most painful, as it contains many poems written by the author in wartime. As such, it is unflinching and uplifting at the same time. The second section, in the ultimate realm, has the breadth and depth of the entire universe. While the words may be simple, their meaning is multilayered and rich. Often, Thay comments on when the poems were written, under what conditions, what time in history, and sometimes, for whom. That part, to me, is a bonus, offering a glimpse into the way this master teacher goes about his practice of engaged Buddhism.
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