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For a Future to Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings Paperback – October 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375077
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rachel A. Buddeberg on August 31, 2001
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Thich Nhat Hanh has updated the traditional Buddhist precepts in this book. His version goes beyond "do not kill," for example, to be mindful of that we might be killing inadvertently. He makes us aware of the broadness of the precepts and thus encourages us to be more mindful. If we are not mindful, we break the precepts. Therefore, he calls them Mindfulness Trainings. Thay's approach frames the precepts in a way that is helpful in our daily life. He makes them relevant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francesco M. Gimelli on October 25, 2010
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There are few well-informed observers of world events that would deny that in the present we are faced with many challenges, some of which go as far as calling into question the future capacity of the Earth to sustain human habitation. What can we do to address these issues and give way to a more just, satisfying, peaceful world? The answers are many: technological advance, spiritual enlightenment, scientific endeavour, political action, and radical revolution, among many others. In "For a Future to be Possible", published by Parallax Press, Thich Nhat Hanh (1998), the renowned Zen master and creator of the term `engaged Buddhism', aims to address some of the foundations of the most pressing problems in the world today. By employing the Buddha's teaching of pañcashi''la, which he translates as The Five Mindfulness Trainings, Thich Nhat Hanh aims to provide a positive framework to transform individuals, families, and societies.

The Buddha, through Thich Nhat Hanh, may be seen as having provided a blueprint for engaging with the root causes of all ecological and social problems through these trainings. Following the author's guidelines on the practice of the Five Mindfulness Trainings does not denote the abandonment of action aimed at social and environmental justice, but rather reinforces the foundations upon which such action can be based, namely compassion and a broad view, rather than a narrow dichotomy placing ideas and issues in categories of `right' and `wrong', `good' and `bad.' In fact, all of the trainings have an outward looking perspective that entails the empowerment of the individual. Importantly, the author focuses on an often-neglected aspect of debate on social and environmental issues: the mind.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
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In a world of deceit, excess, killing, lying and stealing, the present moment works with faith FOR A FUTURE TO BE POSSIBLE by enlightenment from the Buddha, the practice of love and understanding, and ever bigger and greater numbers of communities seeking wisdom, harmony and awareness. Art and meditation send energy into cell nutrition and nervous system health. Mindfulness teaches respect for all life, generosity, responsibility, careful speech and healthy diet for concentration and insight. Nobel Prize winner Thich Nhat Hanh's book is a beautifully reader-friendly steppingstone to THE GOOD HEART by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART by Lama Surya Das, and LOVINGKINDNESS by Sharon Salzberg.
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By J. Austin on January 17, 2014
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Great book for people interested in learning more about the 5 Mindfulness Trainings of the Plum Village / Thich Nhat Hanh tradition. I purchased the book used and it arrived very quickly and is in like new condition.
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By Michael F. Pavitt on September 22, 2014
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I liked the responses to Thich Nhat Hanh's rephrasing of the mindfulness trainings better than his own writing.
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