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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; 2nd edition (December 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375619
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Vietnamese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen master, poet, and peace activist, has been a monk for over sixty years. In Vietnam, he founded the School of Youth for Social Service, whose students rebuilt villages that were destroyed by bombs and resettled tens of thousands of people fleeing the war zones. He also founded Van Hanh Buddhist University, La Boi Press, and the Tiep Hien Order of Interbeing. In 1966, he came to the U.S. and Europe at the invitation of the Fellowship of Reconciliation to "represent the wishes of the Vietnamese people of all faiths who had no means to speak for themselves" (New Yorker, June 25, 1966). He was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. Unable to return to Vietnam after his overseas speaking tour, he received asylum in France where he served as chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks. He lives in Plum Village, a monastery and practice center in France, where he continues teaching, writing, gardening, and helping refugees worldwide. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Jade
It is a book to have and to read it every day, when you sad or happy, just to enjoy every day and every moment in your life...
Laima
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment is a practical manual, a small but powerful guide to mindful living.
Darren Bush

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Darren Bush on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ever sit down in a chair, grab a big bowl of popcorn and watch a movie? Ever notice too late that you're full, but you didn't realize it and now your stomach hurts? Such are the consequences of mindless eating. It's hard on the furniture, isn't it? You feel rotten for being a glutton. You feel sick from the popcorn. It sucks.
Sure, we've all done it. What this wonderful book strives to teach us is that mindful activities are meaningful activities, that eating without thinking is harmful to the body *and* the spirit. Indeed, any activity can become a meditation - walking, bathing, washing dishes, cleaning the bathroom (!). And it all starts with breathing, and thinking about breathing. If you drive in traffic, get this book and road rage will be a thing of the past.
The art in this book is fitting - simple sketches and paintings of simple things. That is fitting and fits the message - nothing is mundane if done thoughtfully.
Please, don't be afraid of this book. This is not weird New Age stuff that promises happiness in twelve chapters. Waking up is non-sectarian. It is also very, very difficult. And you will wax and wane and have good days and rotten days, but overall, you'll be more mindful of what you do, when you do it, and its effect on the rest of the world.
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment is a practical manual, a small but powerful guide to mindful living. It is one of my ten favorite books, and I have high standards.
P.S. If you like this, you'd probably like Being Peace, another great book.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Missing in Action on May 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
Thich Nhat Hanh is simply one of the easiest, most gentle authors on the practical application of eastern thought available today. Present Moment, Wonderful Moment is a delight to read. It is a collection of useful verses to keep us mindful throughout the day, recognizing how easy it is to lose sight of the present moment when the crash of life clamors about us constantly. Thich Nhat Hanh uses the technique of memorizing "gathas" for the purpose of focusing the mind on the thing you are doing now rather than on whatever other chatter is going on in the mind. Further, with each verse there is anywhere from a paragraph to a few pages of commentary that give the reader not only insight into the application of the verse, but also insight into the mind and soul of Thich Nhat Hanh. The result is inspirational, soothing, and useful. Of particular importance is the fact that the author, while a monk, is not in the least unaware of the realities of modern life, and included in his verses are ones for talking on the phone, turning on the television, and turning on an electric light. Those not familiar with mindfulness practice might wonder at the insignificance of those daily, mundane experiences, but Thich Nhat Hanh helps us to recognize that there is life "spent" in each of those (and countless other) little activities, and without recognizing that life mindfully, it is life wasted. This man has a simple message...live life fully, abundantly, happily and peacefully, with full awareness of that life as you experience it in the moment. This is a book you will refer to often as you practice mindfulness.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Moten Swing on August 21, 2001
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These gathas/short poems are interesting and helpful for those who already practice meditation, but may seem skimpy and repetitive to those not already trying to pursue mindfulness.
Don't get this book if you are looking for an introduction to Buddhist thought--get it if you are looking for daily techniques to improve your appreciation of the miracle of daily life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2000
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This book is about THE REST OF YOUR LIFE BEING THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE AND THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE BEING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE... Learn how to be in the moment and enjoy the here and now instead of letting your mind race through to the future or slow down to the palsy of the past. More than that, learn to value and cherish each moment of each day and to create awareness of every little thing that is part of your world. "Gathas are short verses which we can recite during our daily activities to help us dwell in mindfulness." Enjoy every "gatha" given in this book, as they help you open your eyes to the real truth and beauty of each little moment we live.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2004
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It's bizarre that Yoda the Jedi master actually spouted some basic Buddhist wisdom: "...always dreaming of the future, never his mind on WHERE HE WAS! Humph! WHAT HE WAS DOING!" Those words sum up the idea of living in the present moment that is one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism. This book presents small sayings (or "gathas") that can be used to allay a distraction and get back into the present moment. There are verses for opening a window, looking in the mirror, using the toilet, getting dressed, lighting a candle, sweeping, eating, walking, gardening, taking out the garbage, using the telephone, and even watching television. All gathas emphasize the interconnectedness of things, and living in the present moment: "We can be very happy just by being aware of what is in front of us." Themes of justice and injustice also permeate the section on food. This is a very good small, readable and comprehensible collection of Buddhist wisdom. Newcomers may have a little trouble, but the text is not very difficult, and unknown terms can be easily looked up. Buddhism incorporates very underrated perspectives and lifestyles that can reduce stress, conquer anger, and give meaning to daily existence.
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