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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: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0807012327
  • 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: #7,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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400 of 404 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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361 of 375 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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232 of 241 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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81 of 83 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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65 of 68 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars just breath
Peace in the mind, peace in the world; one person, one breath at a time. As a Catholic religious sister, I long for the peace of a Buddhist monk.
Published 16 hours ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just a good basic book on the befit of mindfulness
This is just a good basic book on the befit of mindfulness, easy to read, easy to refer to and easy to use whether you are a beginner or an experienced practitioner.
Published 2 days ago by Janice Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars few words
Just beautiful. Great, short anecdotes on mindfulness and techniques for meditations. A book that I highlighted a lot and plan to return to in my own meditation practice.
Published 6 days ago by Francisco F.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great accumulation of meditation instructions
Here the author talks you through basic and complex meditations as well as wrote them down. Unlike other books that talk about the meditations, here they are. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jes
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide and aide to easy meditation. All this author's books are...
A guide and aide to easy meditation. All this author's books are excellent. Meditation calms a part of the brain that feels anxiety, and increases activity in the logical brain... Read more
Published 15 days ago by from Oregon
4.0 out of 5 stars I find these are great but perhaps too narrow into the Buddhist point...
The classic of his books, I learned about Mindfulness from Marsha Linehan's first edition DBT Manual. There would be a reference to this book under the Mindfulness sheets. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Timothy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This is a great book! I had to buy it for a class. However, I would read it again and again! Fantastic read if you want to explore mindfulness!
Published 27 days ago by Yvonne A
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and easy to read
Published 27 days ago by Robin Wareing
5.0 out of 5 stars Every moment of every day.....
No matter how much personal development you have done in this area, this book is wonderful! Even if you have read it - read it again! Read more
Published 1 month ago by suzanne vandenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great introduction to meditation. I had many aha! moments.
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Bibbings
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