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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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Book Description

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

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; 1st edition (April 5, 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009U9S6VM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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406 of 410 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Mindfulness for Anyone April 30, 2001
Format:Hardcover
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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365 of 379 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Sensical, and Sensational! September 5, 2000
Format:Hardcover
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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240 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of Mindlessness February 10, 2001
Format:Hardcover
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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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipe for Peace August 30, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Finally a book with exercises and explanations that actually work. As a Vietnam combat veteran, twice wounded, who had to make casualty calls when I returned stateside, forty years of anger and PTSD have finally found their match in "The Miracle of Mindfulness."

Today, when thousands of Iraqi and Gulf War veterans begin to realize they need a remedy to their troubles, I recommend this book number one as well as several other of Thich Nhat Hanh's books.

How ironic--A Vietnamese Buddhist responds and provides peace to a veteran who helped bomb and destroy his people and his country.

Fred Tomasello Jr.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
By Paula
Format:Paperback
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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Wonderful!
Published 2 days ago by Edna K. Wong
4.0 out of 5 stars love Thich Nhat Hanh - what an implementable, effective practice
Just finished re-reading The Miracle of Mindfulness after 15 years. Too long. This is the sort of text you re-read every couple years. You grow with it. Read more
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Awesome book!
Published 3 days ago by Amy L. Krzeszewski
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I would recommend this book to the one individual who is looking to find out what really is to be in state of consciousness at all times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to meditation and mindfulness and making the most...
This is a clearly written book and makes it easy to understand the benefits and joys of being mindful and meditation. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Vincent P.
5.0 out of 5 stars useful; creates interest in learning
Well written; concise; useful; creates interest in learning more
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Very insightful
Published 9 days ago by Curtis Castillow
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I'm only on page 16 and can already tell I've been doing it all wrong. This book is incredibly enlightening.
Published 11 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Meditative Mindfulness
This is written by a gentle spirit who supports the belief that change begins with oneself. Just reading his words are meditative. Read more
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