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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh , Vo-Dihn Mai , Mobi Ho
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In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

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Miracle of Mindfulness is a sly commentary on the Anapanasati Sutra, the Sutra on Breath to Maintain Mindfulness. "Sly" because it doesn't read like a dry commentary at all. One of Thich Nhat Hanh's most popular books, Miracle of Mindfulness is about how to take hold of your consciousness and keep it alive to the present reality, whether eating a tangerine, playing with your children, or washing the dishes. A world-renowned Zen master, Nhat Hanh weaves practical instruction with anecdotes and other stories to show how the meditative mind can be achieved at all times and how it can help us all "reveal and heal." Nhat Hanh is a master at helping us find a calm refuge within ourselves and teaching us how to reach out from there to the rest of the world. --Brian Bruya


"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth" His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Product Details

  • File Size: 813 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 1st edition (April 5, 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009U9S6VM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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346 of 350 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Mindfulness for Anyone April 30, 2001
This little treatise is nothing less than a handbook for more effective, more joyful living. Thich Nhat Hanh has a beautifully simple, wonderfully direct manner of communicating the need to live mindfully, and using the practice of meditation as a means for becoming more mindful. Living in exile in Paris, this humble Vietnamese monk has worked tirelessly for decades, living his religion of compassion for the poor and orphaned in his native Vietnam. He is a living testament to the power of mindful living.
In addition to being a treat for your mind, Thich Nhat Hanh provides a number of exercises that help the student of meditation begin the process of focusing and concentrating on the moment at hand. It is a book that will be especially of value to those who are just beginning to meditate, (which is where I find myself), though I expect that as with most things written by wise people, the experienced student of meditation will find much of value as well.
This is not a book about Buddhism. It draws very heavily on the path to enlightenment that the Buddha taught as his fourth Noble Truth, but this book is first and foremost about mindful living. In that sense, it is completely accessible to the Christian, Jewish, agnostic or anyone else who recognizes the power of meditation in acheiving a degree of personal enlightenment. Thich Nhat Hanh has written extensively on the relationship between the principles taught by the Buddha and Jesus, and he is ever mindful of the needs of his Christian/Western audience as well as that of his Buddhist audience. Regardless of your religious orientation, you will find this little book to be an effective guide to living mindfully, completely and with joy.
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323 of 335 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Sensical, and Sensational! September 5, 2000
I remember when I was a student at the Dharmadhatu Center of Los Angeles. The rules were to simply meditate and that was it! The same with Hindu Yoga. The same with all Eastern paths. Then I stumbled on this book. It was wonderful. Did you know that you can put in as little as 10 minutes a day of sitting meditation and then apply this mindfulness of breath to "washing the dishes"? Later, apply mindfulness (being aware) to taking a bath. To eating. Well, you will meditate now for 1 hour a day. In fact, Buddhist Masters state that minfulness in daily life is more important than the actual sitting meditation! Buy this book and become a 16-hour a day meditator. Doing "TV meditation", "conversation meditation", "telephone meditation", "cooking meditation". you name it. Nhat Hanh gives a variety of sitting meditations. Pick the one that feels right. Then do the meditation in daily life. Right now, I am doing "write a review meditation". I wasn't at first. But I am presently. The feel of everything that is happening in the present. Good luck.
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204 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of Mindlessness February 10, 2001
In the past year my marriage has had problems, I've lost tons of money and I've had a non-stop cold/toothache. I was the reverse of mindfullness. Everywhere I looked I saw people who were smiling and I couldn't understand what inner resources they had that would allow them to do it. I started to meditate but it was difficult. I dubbed myself 'the worse meditator'. I couldn't focus at all. I was constantly adding up the numbers in my various accounts and trying to figure to figure out how get above zero. This book was incredible for me. It put new light in the definition of 'practice'. Meditation is just practice for post-meditation. Suddenly, everything became a meditation. Watching tv. Driving a car. Typing on the computer. Writing an amazon review. I'm still pretty crappy at meditating. But now I'm having more fun doing everything else thanks to this book.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By Paula
Thay's writings often seem so simple as to be simplistic or childish, but spend a little quality time with this book (or any of his huge output) and you'll realize that, like other great spiritual teachers, his words have a profoundly life-changing quality. In this classic text, he explains in simple poetic language the basics of meditation practice; what to do, what to expect, and why it's an important and meaningful practice. The operative word in Thay's teaching is PRACTICE, and he really does mean "practice" as if you were learning to play the piano or to play tennis. If absorbed and worked at every day, preferrably in the context of daily meditation as well as the normal interactions of daily life, these teachings have the power to create peace and joy for you and those with whom you live and work. This is the beauty of Buddhist teaching in general and the teachings of TNH in particular: they are not complex theological constructs but simple, practical steps designed to make you happy!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Power January 23, 2007
In simple, plain language, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk and well known peace activist, gently explains the daily practice of mindfulness (meditation) inviting us to discover personal transformation in ordinary, everyday tasks. He includes no anecdotes drawn from professional work; he quotes little poetry. You'll find no references to other writers and their books on this topic nor any reference to other fields of human achievement. Nhat Hahn's teachings are based on the practice that has permeated his life and thus ring with authenticity. Also authentic are the books concerning awareness written by Deepak Chopra. However, Chopra weaves a glittering tapestry of provocative professional experiences integrated with the words and beliefs of Indian gurus decorated with the verses of Rumi, references to famous authors and art masterpieces and awash with strategies to reveal the Self. A dazzling work of genius. In contrast, Nhat Hahn presents his work garbed in humble cloth and sandeled feet. He tells us how to turn mundane tasks into mindful meditative practices regarding such events as washing dishes, taking a bath, or making tea as opportunities to dwell deeply in the moment transforming an ordinary event into a deeply spiritual one. It is through these small events of awareness, Nhat Hahn explains, that large events are born that can change the world. In a culture largely obsessed with activity, Thich Nhat Hahn calmy shows us that true power is available to us in ordinary human tasks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Our lack of awareness regarding the miracles that abound form the base...
There are few people whom I would like to meet but Thich Nhat Hanh is at the top of my list. In addition to the many many tomes and lectures he has written on the topic of... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by J. Mirabal
5.0 out of 5 stars A good beginner book for meditation
I bought this book as a follow up to Russell Simmins Success Through Stillness...Simmons book gave me reasons to begin meditating, and HANH's book gave me more in terms of how to... Read more
Published 8 days ago by RJT69
4.0 out of 5 stars I preferred his other book
I love Thich Nhat Hanh's texts and especially his "Peace is every Step." I think I preferred that over this one. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Anonymous
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It was one of the most boring books I have ever read and I have read many books.
Published 28 days ago by Gerogies grandma
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep, powerful, inspiring
This book was suggested reading material by my EMDR therapist as a guide to deep breathing in order to keep my panic attacks in check. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Teri Wellbrock
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Good book. The book likes to talk about meditation while washing the dishes and now I am stuck washing the dishes all the time because the girl tells me to go there to meditate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Palmisano
5.0 out of 5 stars Has helped me understand ideas regarding practice
Great book , very easy to understand and read. Teaches proper breathing technique and clarifies for me greatly the
philosophy of the concept of mindfulness. Thank you Thuy!
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Read this as if he was sitting with you by a fire telling you these stories. Don't read it for literary prowess.
Published 2 months ago by QAmidala29
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so happy that I discovered this book!
I'm so happy that I discovered this book! I put Tolle-Nonsense books away for a while ago and started to look for genuine stuff... actually I literally sold all of my Tolle books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Celal Kerem Gogus
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I saw Thich Nhat Hanh speaking once and purchased this book as a result. I am enjoying learning from the teachings.
Published 2 months ago by RASpect
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