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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He is the founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, and has taught at Columbia University and the Sorbonne. He is the author of Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace Is Every Step, and 75 other books. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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Each time I picked up the book again, I'd find myself smiling.
LovesAgoodRead
This book can be used by anyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, and it does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner.
Konrei
I very much enjoyed this reading, and his writing is simple and easy to follow.
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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on February 19, 2010
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Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has been a prolific writer. Most books on Buddhism appeal more to the intellect or to the emotions than this one. HAPPINESS is a slim volume crammed with practical daily exercises on mindfulness, lovingkindness, and awareness. This book can be used by anyone, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, and it does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner.

This book suggests simple, easily adaptable exercises on such primary actions as breathing, sitting, walking. awakening, eating and drinking, resting, and moving around. Exercises on such other mundane daily activities as using the telephone, coping with irritation and anger, cooking, traveling, and dealing with significant others, co-workers and strangers round out this book.

Zen is at its most effective when the practitioner brings the practice out of the Zendo and into the outside world. HAPPINESS is a concise, intelligent and easy-to-use guide on how to do that.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By LovesAgoodRead on December 11, 2009
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I've read a few :-) "Tay's" writing always speaks to my experiences in the most gentle yet reassuring manner. This book was to be savored. Passages read were digested with time and further thought. Each time I picked up the book again, I'd find myself smiling. (This result is clearly evident when one hasn't smiled for a long time!)

What I love most about this book is finding philosophy laced with practical approaches to routine daily living. A lot of emphasis in living in the "present moment." For a long time, even the "present moment" concept was difficult for me to grasp, to truly comprehend the meaning, the experience. Thich Nhat Hanh clarified the idea of past, present, future in a way I had not understood before reading this book.

This book is a wonderful gift - from "Tay," for you, and for someone you love.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jonipher Kwong on October 13, 2009
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A great way to remind ourselves of what is important in life. Many of these chapters are taken from previous works by Thay, but nonetheless, it is helpful to go through the process of being centered and aware of how wonderful the present moment is.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reader Rabbit on September 5, 2011
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I am a long time reader of Thich Nhat Hanh and have been meditating for 25 years. Thay (which means "teacher" in Vietnamese) has such a gentle way of describing the mindfulness practice that anyone can follow his teachings quite easily. This book, "Happiness" reminds us that we can learn to live in the present moment and develop a sense of peace in our lives. This is the only book that collects all practices by Thay. The chapters include daily practices, eating practices, physical practices, relationship and community practices, extended practices (solitude, silence, lazy day, listening to a dharma talk, etc.) and practicing with children. This book is a worthwhile read for new practitioners of Buddhist meditation or experienced practitioners alike. I love one of the quotes in the book, "The seed of mindfulness is in each of us, but we usually forget to water it" (Thich Nhat Hanh)-so true!! :-)). I love all of Thay's book and this book in particular is very easy to read and follow. Enjoy every moment!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Bush on September 19, 2010
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Thich Nhat Hanh takes simple teachings to teach us the most profound wisdom. Every time I have the privilege of receiving his teaching I am overwhelmed by his ability as a true Zen master. He takes the simplest, most basic components of life and uses them to liberate us from suffering.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Larry E. Manter on August 29, 2011
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I've studied Buddhism for a while and have read a fair amount about it (and I realize that that and $2.00 will get me a cup of coffee at most places). Thich Nhat Hanh's books cover the theory of Buddhism but he writes more from the standpoint of how to live your life in accord with its precepts (as well as that of most, if not all, major religions aside from the fundamentalist sects). His writing is good, clear, and simple. I like it. I'd order this book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on April 2, 2014
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I've read many of Thay's books and this is easily one of my favorites. It's a compilation of practices and excerpts from other books, but having all of this information in one place is immensely useful.

"Happiness" winds up being a manual of practices and forms for the Plum Village tradition. Contained here are basic meditation instructions, a tea ceremony, and numerous practices for community building and cohesion. Along with all of this is Thay's insightful commentary into why these practices are helpful in our daily lives.

Whether or not you are practicing Buddhism, you'll find a lot helpful in this book. Practices like the "Beginning Anew" can be used by anyone to improve their interpersonal relationships.

The "essential" in the subtitle is definitely right. Get a copy of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cway on March 28, 2014
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Life-changing and wonderful. You do not need to be Buddhist at all to benefit from this wonderful book. Get it!
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