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  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; 2nd edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375008
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For venerated Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, love is more than an emotion. Drawing on millennia of Buddhist wisdom and his own therapeutic methods, Teachings on Love further develops his practical notion of interbeing in terms of love. If all things are interrelated, what could be more paramount to negotiating those relations than love? And more than just a way of relating, love is a way of living: "Love by the way you walk, the way you sit, the way you eat." Nhat Hanh supports his practical advice with numerous verses for enhancing mindfulness, prostrations for expressing reverence, and succinct formulas, such as the Five Awarenesses and the Five Mindfulness Trainings. The fifth mindfulness training exemplifies the broad scope of Nhat Hanh's love: "Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming." Thich Nhat Hanh forever writes with reassuring warmth, from which readers may derive insight as well as comfort. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A Buddhist monk, prolific author of 30 books, and candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts during the Paris peace talks, Hanh here continues his theme of peace?this time through the tool of love. His topic, how to love well, will be of interest to many, and his simple prose style is easy and soothing to read. Hanh makes a point of trying to reach his modern audience, even those without Buddhist sensibility, with refences to E-mail and faxes in his chapter on deep listening. Elsewhere he speaks of four-star hotels as nothing compared to the "abode of Brahma...a four thousand star hotel." His message is clear: love yourself and others by listening deeply, using "right" speech, and building a strong sangha (community). To stay away from harming ourselves and others he advises mindfulness and practicing the four immeasurable minds?love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. By using these disciplines, Hanh promises a sense of contentment and peace. There is honesty and beauty in Hanh's writing. Recommended for all libraries.?Barbara O'Hara, Free Lib. of Philadelphia
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is fabulous.
S. Lee
I believe anyone can practice these teachings regardles of faith or religious affiliation.
Ivan Alfredo
They are love, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on March 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Once more our beloved Zen master and amazing poet does it again in yet another spiritual masterpiece, guiding us all towards a more meaningful and joyful life. I actually may very well believe that this particular text is the very finest you will ever read on this much debated topic: Love. In Buddhism there is a teaching known as The Four Immeasurable Minds. They are love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. The root and source of love is in all human beings, and it is our responsibility to realize this and cultivate love as the way of our very lives.
He starts with beneficial practices here on just how to do that seemingly arduous task; how to listen to others with patience, how to accept and love yourself, and ultimately how in a sense "rewrite your karma." Thich covers issues like anger and jealousy, which of course cause ourselves and countless others innumerable amounts of stress and trouble. As with some of his other works where he advises we create, for instance, our own sutra -Thich likewise develops 4 original mantras in a chapter here intended to develop a loving relationship with all that is through a program of awareness, respect for ourselves and others, nurturing, and perhaps most importantly communication.
It's with practice suggestions and the like which Thay provides here that make this work a landmark in his teaching career. Just when you think you've reaped all which Thich Nhat Hanh has to offer you, a book like this comes along to refresh your expert mind back to a baby. After all, a baby's mind is open to most anything, it has nothing to do but learn. And so is our practice. Learning, cultivation, hardship. To sum up, practice is our life.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Olga Loaiza on May 4, 2001
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"Teachings on Love" helps water those seeds of love in your heart. Here one of the parts I liked the most:
"Look into the eyes of your beloved and ask deeply, "Who are you, my love, who has come to me and taken my suffering as your suffering, my happiness as your happiness, my life and death as your life and death? Who are you whose self has become my self? Why aren't you a dewdrop, a butterfly, a bird, a pine tree? Ask with your whole body and mind. Later, you will have to ask the person who causes you the most suffering the same questions...To understand, you have to become one with your beloved, and also one with your so-called enemy. You have to worry about what they worry about, suffer their suffering, appreciate what they appreciate. You and the object of your love cannot be two. They are as much you as you are yourself...See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present, the rain of the Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your store consciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding will appear as a beautiful flower."
Beautiful isn't it? Now I must go, I need to begin my practice...
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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For anyone who is just beginning to get into Buddhism or for people of other religious traditions, this is the book for you. Tich Nhat Hanh is the most known writer of Buddhism of our time and he has done a stunning job talking about and teaching the Buddha's ideas on love. This is an inspiring piece of literature; one that should not be missed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. Goldammer on October 19, 2005
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I just refered about 8 people to this book in the past week so I figured I should add a review here also.

this book is REALLY and TRULY LIFE CHANGING... there is something about the words and the way its written that you can't put it down until you're finished reading it, and there's an overwhelming sense of peace that comes over everyone who reads and finishes it.

it is short... to the point.. and really inspirational. i keep a copy on my bedside table and open it almost every day to find the nearest highlighted quote to give me energy...

Since i have read this book (and his other books also) i have seriously changed my life for the better... it is so simple to do... you realize the power of peaeful and mindful living and how easy it is to do
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Lee on February 15, 2001
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This book is fabulous. It is simply written and doesn't include an overwhelming dose of academic analysis of buddhist ideology, which often plagues other buddhist texts. I give it to all my friends and loved ones for birthdays or any chance I get, and they all love it as well. It becomes embedded in your way of thinking in a very positive and organic way.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
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After reading just one chapter from Thich Nhat Hanh's book, I fell in love with it. Not only will you have a different outlook on those close to your heart, you will also know how to make a difference...For those that you love or intend to love, whether it be a child, co-worker, family or friend, by practicing and understanding LOVE through Hanh's words will prove to be successful. No matter what, your life will improve after reading this book...
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Wilson Khoo on April 5, 2001
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I should read this book sooner and it would have saved my relationship with Lily Susanto the lady I love so dearly. I still love her very much till this day. This book I suggest ever one gave it a good look even if they are not buddhist. It also deals with family as well, A great book.. It touch my 'soul' and I shed tears and my heart ache knowing that I should read it sooner.
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